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Forcing a passage up the Hudson River, 9 October 1776

Fine art

Object connections:

Collection Fine art, Oil paintings
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: UK: Navy
Depiction: United States Navy
EventsAmerican War of Independence, 1775-1783
VesselsPhoenix (1759), Roebuck (1774), Tartar (1756)

Object details:

Object ID BHC0420
Description The painting is a copy after the original rendering of the subject, a scene from the American Revolutionary War, by Dominic Serres the Elder. It shows HMS ‘Phoenix’, ‘Roebuck’ and ‘Tartar’, accompanied by two smaller vessels, forcing their way through a cheval-de-frise on the Hudson River with the Forts Washington and Lee and several batteries on both sides. The original painting was commissioned from Serres by the family of Hyde Parker, captain of the ‘Phoenix’ and commander of the mission to regain control over the waterway and cut Washington’s lines of communication across it. The painting combines elements of landscape and marine painting unified by the effects of gun smoke and clouds. In the foreground the river takes the full breadth of the picture. Upstream between the wooded banks the ships are breaching the obstruction in the water by forcing its junction with the shore on the right.
Date made 18th century

Artist/Maker Mitchell, Thomas
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Painting: 710 mm x 1170 mm
  • Forcing a passage up the Hudson River, 9 October 1776 (BHC0420)
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