Description John Paul Jones was the United States' first well-known naval fighter in the American Revolutionary War. Although he made enemies among America's political elites, his actions in British waters during the Revolution earned him an international reputation which persists to this day. During his engagement with HMS Serapis, Jones uttered, according to the later recollection of his first lieutenant, the legendary reply to a taunt about surrender from the British captain: 'I have not yet begun to fight!' The artist of this oil on canvas is Charles Willson Peale (1741 to 1827). Painted from life, c1781 to 1784, it was listed in the 1795 Peale Museum catalog, was purchased by the City of Philadelphia at the 1854 Peale Museum sale, is currently located in Philadelphia, PA, and is in the public domain because its copyright has expired. The image file is from: Wikimedia Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page.The Independence NHP website states: Charles Willson Peale may have painted his museum portrait of Jones as early as 1781. Jones wears the French Cross of the Institution of Military Merit [the gold medal hanging from blue ribbon through top left buttonhole]. Louis XVI presented this medal to him in 1780. Early in the following year, Jones returned to Philadelphia, where Congress confirmed his acceptance of the French decoration. Peale knew of the congressional honor and he may have taken Jones's portrait during the six-month period in 1781 when the captain was in America to receive it. On the other hand, Jones returned to Philadelphia in 1783; that may have been the occasion of this portrait. The portrait is listed in Peale's October 13, 1784 Freeman's Journal and Pennsylvania Daily Advertiser announcement of the museum. In 1786, the artist made the Gallant Action of Paul Jones in Taking the Serapis the topic of a painting for his moving picture exhibition. -Wikipedia. For more info. on John Paul Jones visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Paul_Jones
Richard Eslinger, Farmington Hills, Michigan Member Since January 2011 Artist Statement Hello, I'm Richard Eslinger, the creator of this Imagekind gallery.
For most of my career I worked as an engineer and computer graphics specialist. In more recent years, I discovered a hobby of searching archival sources for historic, interesting, or important vintage images. I refurbish them with graphics software and imprint them on stone, tile, wood, paper, or glass in various ways. This has led to the presentation of some interesting artwork. Some of the results of this hobby can be seen on this Imagekind gallery as well as my website https://www.vintage-imaging.com.
I also work in a trophy and awards business, Great Lakes Trophies and Engraving (GLTE) in Garden City, Michigan. You can visit us at www.greatlakestrophies.com to see some of the items we make and sell. I program and operate our engraving machines for trophies and recognition awards. We have 5 engraving machines including 3 laser engravers and 2 mechanical engravers. Programming and running them is an art in its own right and requires an artistic view and use of computer graphics software.
I live in Farmington Hills, Michigan with my wife, Karen. Thank you for visitingmy Imagekind gallery. To view more historical images, visit my website at https://www.vintage-imaging.com