Art Exhibit Opens in Toledo
The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie — among the most famous naval encounters of the War of 1812 — will be commemorated with a special exhibition this fall at the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio. “Perry’s Victory: The Battle of Lake Erie,” a free exhibition on display August 9 through November 10, features paintings, sculptures, artifacts, letters and music on loan from both the museum’s permanent collections and from other museums across the U.S.
One of the most prominent works will be the scaled painting “Perry’s Victory on Lake Erie” (1814) by Thomas Birch. The painting depicts the battle just moments before the British squadron surrenders to the victorious Commander Oliver Hazard Perry (1785-1819) in the fall of 1813.
Admission to the museum is free. For more information, visit toledomuseum.org.
Painting by Thomas Birch, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts