Battle of Lake Erie

Battle of Lake Erie
Images of American heroes played an important role in shaping a national identity, and folk artists often looked to popular published engravings for inspiration. The unknown artist of Battle of Lake Erie, who may have intended to sell this work or may have wanted a patriotic scene in his or her own home, copied this composition from a print based on a painting by Philadelphia artist Thomas Birch. The moment depicted was a critical one; as the famous sea battle of September 10, 1813 was nearly lost, Commander Oliver Hazard Perry left his shattered flagship to continue the fight in another vessel. Perry's victory was crucial to America defeating Great Britain in the War of 1812, and his tenacity in gaining that victory was widely celebrated.
Physical dimensions: 
height 37.75 in ; width 45.75 in