Capt. Paul Jones Shooting a Sailor who had Attempted to Strike his Colours in an Engagement. American Revolution.
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"I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight"

Capt. Paul Jones Shooting a Sailor who had Attempted to Strike his Colours in an Engagement.

London: R. Sayer & J. Bennett, January 1, 1780.

Hand colored mezzotint. 14 x 10 1/16 inches (plate mark). "I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight" Ample margins. Toned, taped at edges to a mat Smith American Naval Broadsides p. 24. Item #320192

The final, and rarest, of three known versions of the print, each with varying images but the same title (the preceding two done by Carington Bowles), each depicting Jones preventing his master gunner from surrendering to the British during the engagement with the H.M.S. Serapis at Flamborough Head. "Since Jones was such a terror to the English nation, no effort was spared to characterize him as a rogue" (Smith)

This Sayer & Bennett issue is considerably more rare on the market than the one issued by Bowles and is here with full period gouache hand coloring.

Price: $12,500.00 Free International Delivery