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Seymour, Samuel Brilliant Naval Victory [engraving of the USS Constitution]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04523 Author/Creator: Seymour, Samuel Place Written: Philadelphia Type: Print Date: 1812 Pagination: 1 aquatint : col. ; 40.2 x 50.2 cm

title continues: "With the U. States Frigate Constitution of 44 Guns, Cap'n. Hull, & the English Frigate Guerriere of 38 Guns, Cap'n. L'acres, in which action Cap'n. Hull lost 7 men killed, & 7 wounded, & his B. M.'s ship was sunk; besides her loss of 15 men killed, 62 wounded, & 24 missing; August 20, 1812. After closing the action was 30 minu[te]s." Depicts one ship flying 4 American flags, surrounded by smaller boats filled with soldiers, and another ship engulfed in flame, smoke billowing above it. Hand colored. Published by J. Pierre & F. Kearney in Philadelphia, 1812. Notation at bottom left reads "S. Seymour, delin sculp".

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