The Celebrated Naval Battle between the Bon Homme Richard, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 261
The celebrated naval battle between the Bon Homme Richard, commanded by John Paul Jones, and the English Frigate Serapis, and armed ship Countess of Scarborough, both of which ships he captured after a severe engagement. . . . The battle was one of the bloodiest and most remarkable in Naval History, and the picture is not only a faithful representation of the scene and the facts, but is one of extraordinary beauty, and great artistic excellence. It was painted by Mr. GASGIL, an artist of merit, and a Naval officer, who is supposed to have witnessed the engagement, and whose delineation of the ships, and their position at a particular time, is said to be true. It is, therefore, not like most representations of battles, an imaginary scene. A finer picture of its kind has seldom, if ever, been painted. It is nature itself; no trick of art is attempted; it is simply, the perfect exhibition of a solemn, grand, and picturesque scene. The moonlight, the reflection in the water, the burning vessel, and every other effect in it, had, no doubt, at different times, been witnessed by the artist, had warmed his imagination, and become indelibly impressed on his memory. . . . [P. 25.]
Catalogue of the National Portrait and Historical Gallery, Illustrative of American History. Formerly belonging to Peale's Museum, Philadelphia, now exhibiting at Independence Hall, on Fourth Street, between Walnut and Vine, Cincinnati. Incorporated by Act of General Assembly. Cincinnati: Gazette Company Print. 1852.