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State of the H.M.S. "Java" on her Striking to the U.S. Frigate "Constitution"
Date: ca. 1812
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Medium: Watercolor and black ink and white gouache over graphite on paper, laid on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 11 5/8 x 17 1/2 in. ( 29.5 x 44.4 cm ) mat: 13 1/2 x 20 x 1 in. ( 34.3 x 50.8 x 2.5 cm )
Credit Line: Bequest of Irving S. Olds
Object Number: 1963.141
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Inscribed: Signed and inscribed at lower right oustide image in brown ink: "Lt. P. Salmond / Dannemark"; at lower center outside image in black ink: "State of H.M. Ship Java on her striking to the U.S. Ship Constitution; at 6 PM 29th Decr. 1812"

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This watercolor depicts the end of the encounter off the Brazilian coast between the United States frigate Constitution, 44 guns, Commodore William Bainbridge, and the British frigate Java, 38 guns, Captain Henry Lambert, on December 29, 1812. After a battle of more than two hours, the Java was completely dismasted and was compelled to surrender. The Java's striking of her colors signals the end of the battle.