Frame Size: 29" x 39"
Size: 20" x 30"

"USS Constitution vs HMS Guerriere" SOLD

by James Hardy lll (British b. 1937)

Oil on Board

Signed lower right


Description: USS Constitution vs HMS Guerriere August 19-20, 1812. At 2:00 pm on August 19, the USS Constitution encountered HMS Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia. Capt. James Dacres ordered the Guerriere to begin firing broadsides but Capt. Isaac Hull held his fire until 6:00 pm. He would write; “...within less than a pistol shot, we commenced a heavy fire from all our guns.” The battle lasted 35 minutes, and the 18 lb. British cannonballs, fired at less than 50 yards, bounced harmlessly off the 25” thick oak hull of the ConstitutionA British sailor cried out, “Huzza! her sides are made of iron.” The USS Constitution had earned her nickname “Old Ironsides.” The American ship’s 24 lb. cannonballs brought down the English warship’s masts, which caused the two ships to become entangled when they collided. The Marines then boarded and captured the British ship. Once the wounded and prisoners were aboard the American ship, the Guerriere was set afire and sank on August 20. This was the first American frigate victory of the war of 1812.


Artist Profile: James Hardy lll is a British artist, born in 1937, who shows explicit detail in his marine paintings. He has had numerous works commissioned by many marine art collectors. His works are considered an excellent investment as they will continue to appreciate in value.

 


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