"My father is come!" Mansfield Park illustration by Hugh Thomson. "The Scene-Painter," a story by Diana Birchall for "An Invitation to Mansfield Park." http://sarahemsley.com/2014/08/22/the-scene-painter/ The scene-painter at Mansfield Park is mentioned only briefly, but Diana Birchall sees a story in microcosm: “The scene-painter was gone, having spoilt only the floor of one room, ruined all the coachman’s sponges, and made five of the under-servants idle and dissatisfied….”
Bonne Homme Richard vs Serapis September 23, 1779 The most remarkable single ship duel of the American Revolution was between the Bonne Homme Richard commanded by John Paul Jones and the HMS Serapis. The duel took place on September 23, 1779. The Serapis was a 50 gun ship that outgunned the Bonne Homme Richard which was barely sea worthy. When the captain hailed the Bonne Homme Richard and demanded surrender, John Paul Jones answered:" Surrender be dammed, I have not begun to fight"
Cross,Roy-Frolic And Wasp - oil on canvas '...a British brig, the Frolic, battles to protect her convoy from a marauding American cruiser, the Wasp, during the naval war of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain. Thedate is 18 October 1812. The 450-ton Wasp was rated 18 guns and the 384-ton Frolic, of the famous Royal Navy 'Cruizer' class, was similarly armed; an even match and a hard fight.'