Photo #: KN-2781 (color)
Action between U.S. Frigate Constitution and HMS Guerriere, 19 August 1812: "Dropping Astern"
Oil on canvas, 32" x 48", by Michel Felice Corne (1752-1845), depicting the Guerriere's main and fore masts collapsing from the effects of Constitution's fire. The dismasted British frigate surrendered, but was so badly damaged that she had to be destroyed after her crew was taken off.
Constitution was commanded by Captain Isaac Hull.
Painting in the collections of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, transferred from the Navy Department in 1869.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
Online Image: 66KB; 900 x 620 pixels
Reproductions of this image may also be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system as Photo # 428-KN-2781
This "Hi-Res" JPG image has been cleaned to mitigate dust and other significant imaging flaws. Details of the original painting are unchanged.
Image posted 14 February 2003
Rescanned and reposted 24 March 2009