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U.S. Frigate "Constellation"
Date: ca. 1801
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Medium: Watercolor, black ink, gouache and graphite on beige paper
Dimensions: Overall: 10 3/8 x 13 1/2 in. ( 26.4 x 34.3 cm ) mat: 14 x 18 in. ( 35.6 x 45.7 cm )
Description: Marine
Credit Line: Bequest of Irving S. Olds
Object Number: 1963.165
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Marks: signature: lower left: "Isiah Whyte" inscription: lower right: "Boston"
Inscribed: Signed at lower left inside image in red gouache: "Isiah Whyte"; inscribed at lower right inside image: "Boston"; at lower center outside image in black ink: "American Frigate 'Constellation' 1801 commanded by / comodore Thos. Truxton"

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Construction of the 36-gun frigate Constellation was authorized by Congress in 1794. She was built at Baltimore, Maryland, and was launched in September 1797. The ship was rebuilt in 1805-12 and was broken up at Norfolk, Virginia, in 1854, when she was replaced by a second Constellation which is still afloat. This picture was probably painted in Boston around 1801.