SCARCE ENGRAVING OF WAR OF 1812 NAVAL COMMANDER
Alexander Murray Esq. of the United States Navy engraving
DENNIE, Joseph [Oliver Oldschool] [1768-1812]
July 1814 , p.399, Port Folio magazine black stipple engraved print.
Engraving by Edwin from the portrait painting of James Wood. Paper: 5 1/8” x 8 1/4”. Image: 3 1/2” x 4 5/8” Very faint spotting on the top and right side. Paper repair on right side just going 1/8” into the image background otherwise, very good condition.
Commodore Alexander Murray (1755-1821)
Murray served as captain in the 1st Maryland Regiment, commanded several privateers, and was commissioned lieutenant in the Continental Navy 20 July 1781, returning to private life in 1785.
Upon the organization of the U.S. Navy, Murray was commissioned captain 1 July 1798, and commanded Montezuma, Insurgente, and Constellation during the Quasi-War with France; Constellation against the Barbary pirates in the Mediterranean 1801–1803; and Adams in home waters in 1805.
From 1808 until his death 6 October 1821, Commodore Murray was superintendent of gunboats at Philadelphia, and, from 8 July 1813, also was first commandant of the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
Port Folio magazine
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