Tipped to an old mat board, browned, two repaired tears into image, margins chipped.
The view was drawn and etched by Andrew Dulac, a corporal of the Baltimore Jaegers, a traditionally German company of the Maryland militia. On the view, they are called "Yagers," and they are positioned next to the log house, lower right, where they first met the British assault. Dulac completed the print scarcely two weeks after the battle and advertised his First View in the Baltimore American for September 28, 1814; it is the only contemporary view of the engagement. Dulac's view "telescopes time and space in recording everything significant that happened before the British retreat. The death of General Robert Ross which occurred out of sight and hours before is represented in the upper right background" (McCauley, Maryland Historical Prints).
Very few of the original 1814 printings are known, including copies at the Library of Congress, the Maryland Historical Society, and the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The etched plate itself survived, however, and restrikes, not always recognized as such, were made at several points in the nineteenth century, making the identification of copies in institutional catalogues difficult.
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