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    Sale 5386

    Maritime

    21 May 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 46

    Stuart Bolton, 20th Century

    The British 36-gun frigate Belvidera, Captain Richard Byron, under pursuit by Commodore Rodger's U.S. Squadron, President, United States, Hornet, Congress and Argus, 23rd June 1812

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    Stuart Bolton, 20th Century
    The British 36-gun frigate Belvidera, Captain Richard Byron, under pursuit by Commodore Rodger's U.S. Squadron, President, United States, Hornet, Congress and Argus, 23rd June 1812
    signed 'Bolton' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    24 x 36 in. (61 x 91.4 cm.)


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    The little-known encounter between H.M.S. Belvidera and her pursuers occurred only five days after the formal declaration of War between Great Britain and the United States on 18th June 1812. On the 21st, Commodore Rodgers, flying his flag in the U.S.S. President, sailed from New York in command of a small squadron of five ships under orders to intercept British convoys and to draw British warships away from American ports so as to allow more U.S. merchantmen to make port safely. On the 23rd, Rodgers sighted H.M.S. Belvidera, gave chase and soon engaged her in a running fight. Fortuitously however, when Rodgers' attention was taken by a broken leg caused by the explosion of one of his bow guns, Captain Byron seized his opportunity, dumped nearly all his cannon overboard and managed to escape unscathed into open water.

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