THOMAS M. M. HEMY (1852-1937) - PAGE 24
THE 1813 SEA BATTLE BETWEEN
H.M.S. SHANNON AND U.S.S. CHESAPEAKE
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A 1921 PRINT BY ARTIST HENRY REUTERDAHL
An e-Bay item available as a 'Buy-It-Now' item in Oct. 2006, provided a Henry Reuterdahl image of the 'The Capture of the Chesapeake by the Shannon - The Struggle on the Quarterdeck.' Since the item is now ancient & is no longer available I have cut the exact data as to source. The print was described as an original half-tone print - artist signed at bottom left.
I slightly reduced the image so it could fill the page full width here. And to permit viewing the whole image, have shown the words under the print as a separate image. It would seem that it was published in Scribner's Magazine, in 1921. An 8 1/2 x 7 inch print.
Some members of the boarding party look to be pirates! Would they in fact have been dressed as they are depicted?
Henry Reuterdahl? Henry (1871-1925), was, I read, one of America's leading maritime painters & best known for his paintings of Navy warships & recruiting posters for World War I. He was, it would seem a Lieutenant in the United States Navy & lived in New Jersey. This page says he was hand chosen by President Roosevelt to accompany the U.S. fleet & document its voyage on canvas. It would appear however that he had written an article to be published in McClure's Magazine of Jan. 1908 ('The needs of our Navy') regarding fleet readiness - a critical article it would seem. By the time that the magazine was published, the fleet was at sea. And as a result he was landed at Punta Arenas, Chile, to find his own way home. I guess nothing has changed in the interval has it! Witness the 'whistle-blower' issues of today. Criticism is not wanted by any bureaucracy, be it government, military or business, especially, alas, when the criticism happens to be true! There is an image of the artist here, dating from 1908. There does not seem to be a lot of information about him on the WWW but what I did find, all beyond the purpose of these pages, was most interesting, & particularly this page.
I will add here, in due course, whatever additional data I later find about the subject. If YOU have any new data, I would welcome your contacting me.
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