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Oliver Hazard Perry

Artist
Martin Johnson Heade, 1819 - 1904
Copy after
John Wesley Jarvis, 1780 - 14 Jan 1840
Sitter
Oliver Hazard Perry, 20 Apr 1785 - 23 Aug 1819
Date
1855
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Sight: 81.9 x 64.1 x 5.1cm (32 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 2")
Frame: 109.2 x 91.4 x 10.8cm (43 x 36 x 4 1/4")
Credit Line
Owner: James DeWolf Perry
Object number
L/NPG.69.18
Exhibition Label
"We have met the enemy and they are ours," came the terse report from twenty-eight-year-old Oliver Hazard Perry after the first major naval victory of the War of 1812. The American navy, with Perry in command of the flagship Lawrence, had met the mighty British squadron at Lake Erie on September 10, 1813, winning control of the lake and paving the way for General William Henry Harrison to move ahead to victory on land.
Perry had been assigned the task of building a fleet and assembling a crew, which he described as "a motley set, blacks, Soldiers, and boys." But after the battle he spoke "highly of the bravery and good conduct of the negroes, who formed a considerable part of his crew. They seemed to be absolutely insensible to danger."
Data Source
Catalog of American Portraits
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Catalog of American Portraits
Exhibition
American Origins
On View
NPG, East Gallery 142
Usage
Not determined