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Surprise Capturing the Star, January 28, 1815


Seascape depicting the privateer schooner "Surprise" of Baltimore, Maryland, capturing the British merchant ship "Star," on January 28, 1815. Two large ships with many sails are seen on calm, clear blue water before a pale, cloudy sky. The British ship on the left of the composition has smoke pouring over the side following the attack.


circa 1902-1909


Contributor(s) Notes

Painted by Murdoch Macpherson after a work attributed to George Ropes (1788-1819).


Pen and ink, watercolor, and gouache over graphite on tan wove paper on cardboard


16.25 H x 22.75 W inches

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Gift of Richard D. Fisher

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Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


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