Thomas Birch, 1812 - Capture of the Tripoli by the Enterprise - fine art print

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What does the website of the Art Institute Chicago say about the 19th century artwork created by Thomas Birch? (© Copyright - by Art Institute Chicago - Art Institute Chicago)

At the turn of the 19th century, conflict arose between the United States of America and the North African Barbary State of Tripoli. President Thomas Jefferson refused to continue to pay tribute or ransom to Tripoli to prevent the pirating of American merchant ships sailing in the Mediterranean Sea. Jefferson dispatched the American ship Enterprise to the Tripolitan waters as a sign of resistance just as Tripoli increased its tribute demands and declared war against the United States. Thomas Birch, an early specialist in maritime painting, captured the battle between the Enterprise and a Tripolitan cruiser in the Mediterranean’s dark, violent waters. The break in the clouds sheds light on this conflict and illuminates Birch’s fine details and precise rendering of these ships.

This modern art artpiece "Capture of the Tripoli by the Enterprise" was created by the master Thomas Birch in 1812. The over 200 year-old original measures the size: 45,1 × 65,1 cm (17 3/4 × 25 5/8 in) and was manufactured with the medium oil on canvas. It was inscribed with the following text: on back: "Capture of the Corsair Tripoli by the / Enterprise under Sterrett and Porter / Off Malta August 1803 / T. Birch, Pinxit.". Furthermore, this piece of art belongs to the Art Institute Chicago's digital collection, which is one of the world’s great art museums, housing a collection that spans centuries and the globe. With courtesy of: Art Institute Chicago (public domain). Creditline of the artwork: Through prior acquisition of the Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection. What is more, the alignment of the digital reproduction is landscape and has a ratio of 4 : 3, which means that the length is 33% longer than the width.

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Structured artist information

Artist: Thomas Birch
Other names: Birch, Birch Thomas, Thomas Birch
Artist gender: male
Artist nationality: American
Jobs: painter
Home country: United States
Artist classification: modern artist
Life span: 72 years
Born: 1779
Place of birth: London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Year of death: 1851
Died in (place): Philadelphia, Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania, United States

Artwork details

Artpiece title: "Capture of the Tripoli by the Enterprise"
Artwork classification: painting
Broad category: modern art
Time: 19th century
Artpiece year: 1812
Artwork age: more than 200 years old
Original medium of artwork: oil on canvas
Artwork original size: 45,1 × 65,1 cm (17 3/4 × 25 5/8 in)
Signature: on back: "Capture of the Corsair Tripoli by the / Enterprise under Sterrett and Porter / Off Malta August 1803 / T. Birch, Pinxit."
Museum / location: Art Institute Chicago
Location of the museum: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Museum's webpage: Art Institute Chicago
License type of artwork: public domain
Courtesy of: Art Institute Chicago
Artwork creditline: Through prior acquisition of the Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

Structured article details

Product classification: art copy
Reproduction method: digital reproduction
Production method: digital printing
Manufacturing: German-made
Stock type: on demand production
Product usage: home décor, wall gallery
Image orientation: landscape alignment
Side ratio: (length : width) 4 : 3
Image ratio implication: the length is 33% longer than the width
Available product materials: metal print (aluminium dibond), acrylic glass print (with real glass coating), poster print (canvas paper), canvas print
Canvas print (canvas on stretcher frame) size options: 40x30cm - 16x12", 80x60cm - 31x24", 120x90cm - 47x35", 160x120cm - 63x47"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating): 40x30cm - 16x12", 80x60cm - 31x24", 120x90cm - 47x35", 160x120cm - 63x47"
Poster print (canvas paper) sizes: 40x30cm - 16x12", 80x60cm - 31x24", 120x90cm - 47x35"
Aluminium dibond print (aluminium material) sizes: 40x30cm - 16x12", 80x60cm - 31x24", 120x90cm - 47x35"
Picture frame: not available

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