Launching of the USS Washington

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1814-1815

GUSN

GUSN-2668

Description

Large, almost square format, view of three-quarter sky and a ship emerging from a shiphouse at Portsmouth, NH, with a second ship and a strip of land in the background. There are also scattered figures in small craft, on land and in boats. Six prominent flags are displayed from the ships. It is in a simple black painted modern frame. [see photo neg#47490-A]

Details

Descriptive Terms

marines (visual works)
paintings (visual works)
oil paint (paint)
canvas
commemoratives
harbors
marines (visual works)
ships
shipyards
American
Picture
Seascape
Oil on Canvas
Ship
Harbor
Shipyard
Maritime
Commemorative
United States of America
Seascape

Label

In Cherished Possessions, 2003-2005: In the last year of the War of 1812, great huzzahs rang out in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as the USS Washington slid down wooden stocks and slipped gently into the Piscataqua River. The launching of a large, new ship of the line was the occasion for patriotic celebrations and demonstrations of local pride. One spectator may well have been sixteen-year-old John Samuel Blunt, who apparently made sketches of the scene that he would later use to create his first large oil painting. Three months after the Washington was launched, British and American diplomats signed the Treaty of Ghent, officially ending America's war with Britain.

Inscription

Hand lettered in white paint in the picture, on the ship's stern is: WASHINGTON [ship's name].

Associated Building

Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),

People and Organizations

U.S.S. Washington

Maker

Attributed to Blunt, John S., 1798-1835 (Maker)

Location of Origin

Portsmouth, NH, USA

Dimensions

47.75 x 57 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.891

Places

New Hampshire (United States)
Massachusetts (United States)
Portsmouth (Rockingham county, New Hampshire)