This action took place on the 10th day of September, 1813, between the American squandron, under the command of Commodore O.H. Perry, consisting of the brigs Lawrence, Niagara and Caledonia, the schooners Somers, Ariel, Scorpion, Tigress and Porcupine, and the sloop Trippe, mounting in all, 54 guns; and the British squandron under the command of Commodore Barclay, consisting of the ships Detroit and Queen Charlotte, the brig Hunter, the schooners Lady Provost and Chippeway, and the sloop Little Belt, mounting in all, 63 guns; and resulted in a brilliant and decisive victory to the Americans. During this engagement, the brig Lawrence, Commodore Perry's flag ship, was exposed for upwards of two hours to a fire . . . and the greater part of her crew either killed or wounded. It was at this time that Perry, finding his ship wholly disabled, left her in charge of Lieut. Yarnell, and proceeded in a small boat to the Niagara, taking with him the Commodore's flag, on which was inscribed the dying words of the brave Lawrence, "Don't give up the ship." . . . The picture was painted in 1840 by Isabey, the celebrated French painter of marine views, and his associate, Morel Fatio. It represents the action at the critical period of Perry's leaving the Lawrence for the Niagara. [P. 5.]
Albany Gallery of the Fine Arts, Incorporated 1846. Catalogue of the Second Exhibition. 1847. Albany: Printed by C. Van Benthuysen and Co. 1847.