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PROPERTY FROM A PRINCELY COLLECTION

Thomas Whitcombe
THE CELEBRATED ENGAGEMENT DURING WHICH H.M.S. SHANNON CAPTURED THE AMERICAN FRIGATE CHESAPEAKE, 1ST JUNE 1813
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 23,750 GBP
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PROPERTY FROM A PRINCELY COLLECTION

Thomas Whitcombe
THE CELEBRATED ENGAGEMENT DURING WHICH H.M.S. SHANNON CAPTURED THE AMERICAN FRIGATE CHESAPEAKE, 1ST JUNE 1813
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 23,750 GBP
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Thomas Whitcombe
LONDON CIRCA 1752 - CIRCA 1824
THE CELEBRATED ENGAGEMENT DURING WHICH H.M.S. SHANNON CAPTURED THE AMERICAN FRIGATE CHESAPEAKE, 1ST JUNE 1813
signed lower left: Tho. Whitcombe
oil on canvas
43 x 60.9 cm.; 17 x 24 in.
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Provenance

With Frost & Reed, London (according to a label on the reverse);
With Richard Green, London (according to a label on the reverse);
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's Parke Bernet, 29 May 1980, lot 13 (as one of a pair);
Anonymous sale, London, Bonhams, 13 September 2005, lot 127;
Where acquired by the present owner.

Catalogue Note

The legendary battle between H.M.S. Shannon and the USS Chesapeake during the Anglo-American War of 1812-14 is one of the most renowned naval encounters of the nineteenth century and probably the quickest and most decisive frigate action ever fought. Captain Philip Broke, in command of the Shannon, came across the Chesapeake refitting in Boston Harbour and swiftly challenged her to come out and fight. At about noon on June 1st 1813, Captain James Lawrence brought Chesapeake out into the open sea and after merely fifteen minutes, was forced to surrender. After first firing two devastating broadsides, Broke led his boarding party onto Chesapeake but was so badly injured that he had to surrender his command. Casualties on both sides were exceptionally high – 48 Americans, including Captain Lawrence, were killed and 96 wounded whilst Shannon suffered only slightly less with 33 dead and 50 wounded. Despite his injuries, Captain Broke survived to be rewarded with a baronetcy and enduring fame, although he never recovered sufficiently to be able to return to active service.

This work was commissioned for and then engraved and reproduced in Ralfe’s splendid 'Naval Chronology of Great Britain' 1803 to the End of the Year 1816, published in three volumes in 1820.

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