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Revolutionary War Naval Officer Richard Dale Portrait

c. 1830, Engraved Portrait of Revolutionary War American Naval Officer Richard Dale, by Richard W. Dodson, Choice Very Fine.

This is an original print of Richard Dale, in his American Naval uniform, "Engraved by R.W. Dodson, from a drawing by J.B. Longacre, after a portrait by J. Wood in Peale's Museum, New York." The image area measures 4.5" x 3.5" while the whole page measures 10.5" x 6.5." A facsimile of Dale's signature appears below his portrait. This print is complete and intact, with minor age toning, mostly in the margins. A scarce portrait of a lesser known Revolutionary War Naval Officer.




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Richard Dale (1756-1826) was an American Naval Officer during the Revolutionary War.

Early in 1776 he was made a Lieutenant in the Virginia Navy, but was soon captured and confined in a British prison ship at Norfolk, where royalist friends persuaded him to join the crew on an English cruiser, against the vessels of his own state. He was wounded in an engagement with an American flotilla, and while confined to his bed in Norfolk, resolved "never again to put himself in the way of the bullets of his own countrymen." Following the Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776, he became a Midshipman on the American brig "Lexington," which was captured off the coast of France by the English cutter "Alert" in 1777. Dale was sent to Mill Prison in Plymouth, but escaped in February 1778, was recaptured, escaped again, and managed to reached France, where he joined John Paul Jones' squadron. Jones made him the First Lieutenant of the "Bonhomme Richard," and in that capacity he fought with distinction and was wounded in the famous battle with the "Serapis," in September 1779. In August 1781, while serving on the "Trumbull," he was captured again, but exchanged in November, afterwards serving as an American privateer. In 1794 he was appointed Captain in the United States Navy, and served with distinction during the 1801-1802 campaign against the Tripoli pirates.
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