12 at Midnight; the Hibernia Attempting to run the Comet Down

Title

12 at Midnight; the Hibernia Attempting to run the Comet Down

Description

On January 11, 1814, Thomas Boyle engaged the twenty-two-gun, 800-ton Hibernia in the West Indies in a battle beginning at 7:30 p.m. At half past midnight, the Hibernia, as depicted here, attempted to ram the Comet. The battle ended indecisively at 3:00 a.m., with eight dead and thirteen wounded on the Hibernia to three dead and sixteen wounded on the Comet. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Drew Peslar to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

Creator

Thomas Whitcombe (c. 1760–c. 1824)

Date

1814

Contributor

National Portrait Gallery

Original Format

Oil on canvas

Files

11-Thomas-Whitcombe-Midnight-Hibernia-Attempting-to-Run-Comet-Down-1814.jpg

Citation

Thomas Whitcombe (c. 1760–c. 1824), “12 at Midnight; the Hibernia Attempting to run the Comet Down,” Baltimore Heritage Digital Collections, accessed February 20, 2018, http://collection.baltimoreheritage.org/items/show/166.