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- Object: Paul Jones shooting a sailor who had attempted to strike his colours in an engagement
The deck of a ship in action. Jones fires a pistol point-blank at a sailor (left) who stands under the striped American flag, one hand raised towards a rope. Other sailors stand round, two wounded men lie on the deck. Jones rests one foot on the body of a dead man, a cutlass is under his left arm, four pistols are stuck in his belt. c.1779
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Height: 347 millimetres
Width: 248 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
Probably the incident during the encounter of the 'Bon Homme Richard' with the 'Serapis', when a gunner shouted for quarter till Jones knocked him down with the butt of a pistol.
In the manner of history rather than satire, and tending to the glorification of Jones, see BMSat 5559, &c.
One of Bowles's series of mezzotints.
Also a coloured impression in 'Caricatures', B.M.L., Tab. 524, i, p. 7, from which the publication line has been supplied.
See also the reduced version: 2010,7081.2004
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