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Allow yourself to enter into this painting via the website and you will discover how America’s first naval fleet was secretly built in the forests of Erie, Pennsylvania, under the leadership of 28-year old Oliver Hazard Perry.
Oliver Perry epitomized American values of courage, ingenuity, and the power of egalitarian leadership. On September 10, 1813, Perry beat the British Navy in one of the most difficult Tall Ship maneuvers ever accomplished, as portrayed in Julian O. Davidson’s iconic painting.

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Art: The Battle of Lake Erie

With the nautical eye of an experienced sailor, 19th century marine artist, Julian Oliver Davidson, created a masterpiece portraying an up-close view of the pivotal moment in a battle that permanently tipped the global balance of naval power away from England and marked America’s ascendency.

For a visual overview of the entire battle, Thomas Birch’s painting takes us to a safer distance just outside the lines of engagement.

Julian Oliver Davidson, Marine Artist

J.O. Davidson was a preeminent 19th century America marine painter and illustrator. His work is regaining international recognition and many of his paintings have become national treasures. Review his life, artistic style, catalogue of work and links to museums that exhibit his work.

Erie Maritime Museum

Located near the frontier site where Commodore Perry’s fleet was built against all odds, the Museum houses an extensive exhibition devoted to the War of 1812 and gives a place of honor to Julian O. Davidson’s masterpiece. The restored U.S. Brig Niagara can be boarded and explored in the adjoining harbor.

PA Flagship Niagara License Plate

Issued during Tom Ridge’s governorship, this prizewinning license plate portrays Davidson’s painting, symbolizes pride in the Flagship Niagara, and acknowledges the interstate cooperation that was needed for victory.

Stewards of a Masterpiece

The pride that Maritime Collectors, Inc. has experienced as steward of this American treasure transcends ownership. Sharing this masterpiece with a new generation is a privilege, a challenge and a responsibility. Contact Us

The Battle of Lake Erie

Read the story leading up to and following the battle. It’s laced with revenge, hardship, duels, Kentucky sharpshooters, killer insects, death-defying courage, and an unsuccessful attempt at the character assassination of an authentic American hero.

Oliver Hazard Perry: Hero

Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry was a logistical genius, a brilliant strategist and a participant in nine military theatres around Lake Erie. He had more luck – and more adventures – than Indiana Jones. After his stunning victory, his popularity was comparable to that of the Beatles.

The War of 1812

In 1776, The American Revolution was won, but thirty six years later, economic independence had yet to be gained; free trade, sailor’s rights, free land, and secure borders were still contested issues. Perry’s victory in the Battle of Lake Erie was the turning point in securing our Canadian border, permitting westward expansion, and snatching naval ascendance from the British. Battles continued to be fought elsewhere – the British burned the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and they lost heavily in New Orleans -- but in 1815, the Peace of Ghent finally ended the war.

Bicentennial Reenactment 2013

The painting came to life when 25 Tall Ships and a cast of thousands reenacted the Battle of Lake Erie eleven miles off Put-In-Bay and the Perry International Peace Memorial.

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