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USS Constitution
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USS Constitution (IX-21) (1925 - 1975)
USS Old Constitution (IX-21) (1921 - 1925)
USS Old Constitution (1917 - 1921)
USF Constitution (1798 - 1917)

Oil Paintings, Water Color Paintings and Lithographs


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Guerriere 128k Black and white photo of a lithograph by Martinet of the frigates Constitution and Raritan. From the Collection of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hyde Park, New York.
US Naval History an Heritage Command photo # NH 1731
US Naval History and Heritage Command
Constitution 2567k "CONSTITUTION vs. SANDWICH"
11 May 1800-- Captain Talbot of USF Constitution commandeered the American sloop Sally (commanded by CAPT. Thomas Sanford) and used her on a "A Cutting-Out Expedition, into Porto Plata, Dominican Republic, where the French privateer Sandwichwas captured.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 1272
Robert Hurst
Constitution 1373k The capture of the French privateer Sandwich by armed Marines on the sloop Sally, from the USF Constitution, Puerto Plata Harbor, Santo Domingo, 11 May 1800. Oil painting by Philip Colprit,(1927 - 1981). Photo image of painting Philip Colprit, 1960. Photo of illustration created by U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Image rendered for better tone, clarity. Robert Hurst
Constitution 88k Photo of the earliest known contemporary image of USF Constitution. It is a gouache painted in 1803, and attributed to Michel Fellice Corne. Close analysis of the image has shown it to be extremely accurate in both proportion and detail when compared to existing documentation of the time. (Note: the "1804" in the "Attach" line is in error.) CDR Ty Martin USN Ret. 49th CO USS Constitution
Constitution 207k An undated painting from the US Library of Congress of the 44-gun frigate USF Constitution as she battles the elements. Artist unknown.
Photo and text from "An Illustrated History of the United States Navy" by Chester G. Hearn.
Robert Hurst
Constitution 64k USF Constitution, from the National Geographic Society commissioned and published series "Symbol of Patriotism", commissioned in 1938 by famed naval artist Norman Wilkinson. The series was titled Ships of the Centuries. Tommy Trampp
Constitution 111k Painting from the US Library of Congress of USF Constitution as flagship of Commodore Edward Preble squadron during the bombardment of Tripoli, beginning on 3 August 1804. Other ships of the squadron included: USS Enterprise, USS Nautilus, USS Argus, USS Siren, and USS Vixen. Artist Unknown.
Photo and text from "An Illustrated History of the United States Navy" by Chester G. Hearn.
Robert Hurst
Argus 129k Bombardment of Tripoli, 3 August 1804
Oil by Michael Felice Corne, depicting Commodore Edward Preble's squadron engaging the Tripolitan gunboats and fortifications during the afternoon of 3 August 1804. U.S. Navy vessels shown in the foreground are, from left to right:
schooner USS Enterprise,
schooner USS Nautilus,
brig USS Argus,
brig USS Syren,
schooner USS Vixen,
mortar boat Dent,
gunboat Somers,
frigate USS Constitution (Preble's flagship),
mortar boat Robinson, and
gunboat Blake.
Attacking the enemy flotilla in the center background are LT.Stephen Decatur's three gunboats and a gunboat commanded by LT. James Decatur, who was killed in this action.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 65536-KN. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland.
US Naval History and Heritage Command
Constitution 675k Oil on canvas painting of the 44-gun frigate USF Constitution underway off the Barbary coast, by Geof Hunt, 2000.
From the book "Ship: A History in Art & Photography" Edited by Andrew Lambert
Robert Hurst
Constitution 1858k Oil painting by Charles Robert Patterson depicting the action between US Frigate Constitution and HMS Java, 29 December 1812. Constitution (at left), commanded by CAPT. William Bainbridge, exchanging broadsides with the British Frigate HMS Java off Brazil early in the action. During nearly two hours of battle, Java was demasted and had to surrender. Her damage was so severe that she had to be burned. Photographed in 1948, when the original painting was hanging on board the Presidential Yacht USS Williamsburg (AGC-369).
US Navy photo 80-G-K-9451 now in the collections of the US National Archives
Tommy Trampp
Constitution 226k TITLE: The Capture of HBM. frigate Java by the U.S. frigate Constitution after an action of 1 hour, 55 minutes
CALL NUMBER: PGA - Sarony--Capture of HBM frigate Java (A size) [P&P]
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-5215 (b&w film copy neg.)
RIGHTS INFORMATION: No known restrictions on publication.
MEDIUM: 1 print : lithograph.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: [New York] : Sarony & Major, c1846.
From the Library of Congress
Tom Kermen
Constitution 75k Hand-colored lithograph by Nathanial Currier, 1846, of USF Constitution capturing HMS Java.
Library of Congress
Robert Hurst
Constitution 115k US Frigate USF Constitution (background) after her engagement with the British Frigate HMS Java (foreground) shown blowing up after being scuttled on 29 December 1812.
Painting is from the Beverley Robinson Collection, US Naval Academy Museum. Photo from "Broadsides", by Nathan Miller.
Robert Hurst
Constitution 223k "Flight of the Frigate USF Constitution" - by F. Muller - depicting escaping from a British squadron of HMS Shannon, HMS Belvidera, HMS Aeolus and HMS Guerriere, July 1812.
US Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C.).
Postcard collection of Arnold A. Putnam
Constitution 109k "Chase of the Constitution, July 1812" - Painting by Anton Otto Fischer, depicting the boats of USF Constitution towing her in a calm, while she was being pursued by a squadron of British warships, 18 July 1812.
Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. Gift of Katrina S. Fischer.
US Naval Historical Center
Constitution 77k Action between USF Constitution and HMS Guerriere, 19 August 1812: "The Engagement"
Oil on canvas, 32" x 48", by Michel Felice Corne (1752-1845), depicting the two frigates sailing toward each other at the commencement of the battle. Constitution is shown on the right, with crewmen working aloft.
Painting in the collections of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, transferred from the Navy Department in 1869.
US Navy photo # KN-14236 (Color).
Robert M. Cieri
Constitution 159k Action between USF Constitution and HMS Guerriere, 19 August 1812. Post card collection of Arnold A. Putnam
Constitution 87k Oil on canvas of USF Constitution capturing HMS Guerriere, by Samuel Seymour, circa 1812-15.
The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia.
Robert Hurst
Constitution 192k Print of USF Constitution capturing HMS Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia. In this print the Guerriere has lost her masts.
From the book "The War of 1812" by Diana Childress.
Tommy Trampp
Constitution 997k Print of USF Constitution capturing HMS Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia.
From the book "Pictorial History of American Ships, On the High Seas & Inland Waters" (1953) by John and Alice Durant
Tommy Trampp
Constitution 145k 1884 magazine engraving ~ "CONSTITUTION AND CYANE AND LEVANT". USF Constitution defeating HMS Cyane and HMS Levant, 20 February 1815. Tommy Trampp
Constitution 138k USF Constitution defeating HMS Cyane and HMS Levant, 20 February 1815. Arnold A. Putnam
Constitution 94k USF Constitution towing HMS Cyane, captured 28 February 1815, artist unknown.
Library of Congress
Robert Hurst
Constitution 411k USF Constitution at anchor. Ron Reeves
Constitution 109k A Lithograph Print titled "THE CONSTITUTION FRIGATE 1797', dated 1965, by Melbourne Smith
US Library of Congress serial print #65-28747.
Tommy Trampp
Constitution 485k Cutaway drawing of the US frigate Constitution showing her anchor detail hard at work on the gun deck. Sailors or Marines turn the capstan around which is wrapped the voyal, or little messengers, as "little nippers" hitch the line to the anchor cable using nippers, or short lines. As the cable nears the hatch, the nipper is quickly unhitched.
US Navy artwork by John C. Roach.
Tommy Trampp
Constitution 186k Post Card image of the US frigate Constitution dressed in flags, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
Marion 79k Lithograph after a drawing by Joseph L. Jones, circa 1877-1880 depicting a Naval Review in Hampton-Roads, VA. dedicated to Secretary of the Navy Richard W. Thompson. Ships present include (from left):
USS Marion,
USS Tallapoosa (flying the Secretary of the Navy's Flag),
USS Constitution,
USS Kearsarge,
USS Saratoga,
USS Powhatan,
USS Portsmouth and
USS Minnesota.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 61193. Courtesy of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936.
Robert Hurst
Constitution 142k USF Constitution "Old Ironsides" moored at Navy Yard Kittery, ME., 1905.
Illustration by H. Pearson.
Post card collection of Arnold A. Putnam
Constitution 38k Undated pen and ink drawing of USS Constitution on ivory paper by Goff Prints. Tommy Trampp

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