Original finely detailed gouache and watercolor on board painting (no glass) of two warring ships, the 38-gun frigate HMS Macedonian of the Royal Navy, and the 44-gun better protected USS United States, as they appeared in the epic battle of October 25, 1812. The Macedonian surrendered to the Americans, making her the second warship to surrender to the US during that war. The painting, signed at lower right by artist Gordon Bracher and dated 1965, might be after a Thomas Birch painting. Compare to the art of John Bentham-Dinsdale. The painting measures 16" by 20" and 21 3/4" by 26" inexpensively framed. An online search shows a Gordon Bracher 1943-1982 who lived in Southern California where this was found, but there is no assurance that this is the artist. Note the excellent detail in the rigging and other finely painted features of both ships. The work is in excellent condition save for a thumbnail-sized small disturbed area at bottom center, corresponding to some focused pressure that was exerted through from the reverse side. The area is stable.
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