Photo #: KN-10868 (color)
Action between U.S. Frigate President and H.M. Sloop Little Belt, 16 May 1811
Oil on canvas, 14" x 21", by J. Cartwright (circa 1789-1829).
It depicts President (left), commanded by Captain John Rodgers, confronting the British sloop of war Little Belt.
This action, which resulted is significant casualties on board the British ship, was widely regarded in the United States as avenging the June 1807 incident in which the British 50-Gun Ship Leopard fired on U.S. Frigate Chesapeake and seized several of her crew members.
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.
Online Image: 83KB; 900 x 630 pixels
Reproductions of this image may also be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system as Photo # 428-KN-10868.
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 5 June 2009