Photo #: KN-10855 (color)
Battle between Continental Ship Bonhomme Richard and HMS Serapis, 23 September 1779
Oil on canvas, 21" x 28", by Thomas Mitchell (1735-1790), signed and dated by the artist, 1780.
It depicts Bonhomme Richard (center), commanded by Continental Navy Captain John Paul Jones, closely engaged with HMS Serapis, commanded by Royal Navy Captain Richard Pearson, off Flamborough Head, England.
Firing at right is the Continental frigate Alliance, while at left the British sloop-or-war Countess of Scarborough is engaging the French frigate Pallas.
The original painting is in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland. It was donated by the U.S. Naval Institute in 1949.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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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 13 February 2009
Photo caption updated 29 March 2009