Antique engraving of the USS President, one of six frigates authorized by George Washington for the newly formed United States Navy. It was built in New York and launched in the year 1800. Among it's first duties was to protect American merchant shipping against enemy vessels and Barbary pirates. On January 1815 it was captured off the coast of New York city, towards the end of the War of 1812, by the British and renamed HMS President. The frigate is portrayed in this engraving flying the American flag having just sailed.
Inscription on the page reads as follows:
Dessine et Grave par Baugean.
La Fregate des Etats-Unis d'Amerique, Le President, venant d'appareiller, avec des ris dans les Huniers.
Jean-Jérôme Baugéan (1764-1819) was a painter and printmaker best known for his marine subjects and detailed knowledge of a wide variety of vessels. It is engraved on laid paper with wide margins and Dutch papermaker VAN GELDER watermarks (a crowned fleur de lys with initials VGZ below and the name VAN GELDER separately, see photos). It comes matted and framed ready to display. Engraving in good used condition with toning, creases, small margin tears concealed by mat and wear to frame. Shipped fully insured with tracking number. Can also be shipped unframed if desired.
Measurements: Frame: 25" by 19 1/2"; Sheet: 18 1/8" by 14 3/16" (46 cm by 36 cm) approximately.
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