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In 1925, a survey of USS Constitution revealed that the ship was in desperate need of restoration. Secretary of the Navy Curtis D. Wilbur appointed a committee to raise funds to save the ailing ship. Wilber also commissioned Gordon Grant (1875-1962), an American marine artist, to depict “Old Ironsides” in her glory. The original oil painting was the prototype for more than 1 million lithographic prints produced in the 1920s and sold to raise money for the work on Constitution that took place from 1927 to 1931. This watercolor is a copy of the oil painting.

Creator
Gordon Grant

Date Created
1927

Medium
Paper, Watercolor paint

Dimensions
[H]18 in. [W]22 in.

Catalog Number
2182.1

Credit Line
USS Constitution Museum Collection. Dr. Louis A. Norton Gift.

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