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The Unsuccessful Attack on the Fort on Sullivan's Island

Henry Peters Gray1776

Gibbes Museum of Art

Gibbes Museum of Art
Charleston, SC, United States

Lieutenant Gray, a member of the Second South Carolina Regiment was an eyewitness to the battle between the British fleet and the men defending Charleston harbor and was wounded in the encounter. He recorded his experiences in two paintings which he presented to his colleague in battle, Lt. Richard Bohun Baker. No other work by Gray is known. The viewpoint is the same in both paintings: the British fleet on the right, the fort on Sullivan's Island to the left. In "The Unsuccessful Attack" the blue flag of "Liberty" is flying over the fort which was under the command of Colonel William Moultrie for whom the fort was later named.

Details

  • Title: The Unsuccessful Attack on the Fort on Sullivan's Island
  • Creator: Henry Gray
  • Creator Nationality: American
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Date Created: 1776
  • Physical Dimensions: w29.5 x h11.75 in
  • Inscriptions: The Unsuccessful Attack on the Fort on Sullivan's Island
  • Dimensions: 11 3/4 x 29 1/2 inches
  • Type: Work on Paper
  • Rights: Gift of Mrs. J. Drayton Grimke
  • External Link: Gibbes Museum of Art
  • Medium: watercolor on paper

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