Miniature Portrait of John Paul Jones
Miniature Portrait of John Paul Jones Miniature Portrait of John Paul Jones Miniature Portrait of John Paul Jones
Miniature Portrait of John Paul Jones

Miniature Portrait of John Paul Jones

  • This rare miniature portrait captures the visage of Captain John Paul Jones
  • A legend of American naval history, Jones was the greatest Revolutionary naval commander
  • This portrait depicts the American hero in his naval uniform at the height of his career
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This exceptional miniature portrait captures the likeness of the father of the American Navy, Captain John Paul Jones. A commander of the Navy during the Revolutionary War, Jones was born in Scotland, where he began his naval career at the age of 12. His story is a remarkable telling of the American dream; he first came to Virginia in 1775, jobless and penniless, and eventually rose in prominence to become America's greatest Revolutionary naval commander. He is captured here in his naval uniform at the height of his success.

Inspired by the politics of the age, Jones volunteered early in the War of Independence. He was commissioned as a first Lieutenant, and with his own hands he hoisted the first U.S. ensign − the Grand Union Flag − over a naval vessel. By 1777, Jones was sailing in a number of daring raids along the British coast. His early successes earned him the command of a new ship, which he renamed the Bonhomme Richard (Poor Richard) in honor of Benjamin Franklin, then the American minister to France. Jones and the Bonhomme Richard gained legendary status in 1779 following their victory over H.M.S. Serapis at the Battle of Flamborough. Though the British ship was larger, it was the British commander who surrendered. This unlikely victory is what transformed Jones into an American naval hero.

Jones remained in America until the end of the war, though he eventually returned to Paris, where he died in 1792. His body was exhumed in 1905, at which time it was returned to the United States and laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy. This miniature is a charming ode to the legendary figure, who founded America's naval tradition as we know it today.

Circa 1780

1 1/2" high x 1 1/4" wide
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Period: 18th Century
Origin:America
Width:1 1/4 Inches
Height:1 1/2 Inches
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