PLATTSBURGH — The War of 1812 Museum, operated by the Battle of Plattsburgh Association, is starting a campaign to raise $100,000 to commission a mural to commemorate the bicentennial of the battle.
The plan is to hire nationally renowned painter Dean Mosher and to have the mural ready by Sept. 11, 2014.
Mosher’s works hang in a number of museums and visitor centers, as well as at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in Groton, Conn.; and the John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
His most recent work, “Wilbur Wright Greets Lady Liberty,” has been accepted in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum collection. He served as historian general of the Naval Order of the United States for five years and has a reputation for accuracy in his work.
Mosher has traveled to Plattsburgh several times to do research, including assembling a team of scholars, historians and technical experts in 1998 to reconstruct the battle. This involved more than 5,000 square feet of scale models of the bay, as it appeared in 1814, as well as a second area for the pivotal final sequences of the action.
The map created from this effort has been used by the Naval Historical Foundation as the definitive overview of the battle.
Mosher also created more than 50 models of the vessels involved — at two different scales — to fully understand the initial approach and engagement and to more accurately replicate the precise movements and placements of the battle.
Mosher’s portrait of Commodore Macdonough, commissioned by the association, hangs in the War of 1812 museum gallery.
“We now feel that the larger work should be completed to allow present and future generations to better understand the heroic action,” Museum Manager Tammy Rock said in a news release.
The mural will center on eight vessels and nearly 1,000 figures.
“He will need an additional year to complete this more-than-100-square-foot masterwork,” Rock said. “We need your support to get started. “
All contributions are tax deductible. Donation categories are:
Crewman: $100, will receive a signed print of the painting.
Gunner’s Mate: $250, will receive a signed and numbered print of the painting.
Lieutenant: $500, will receive two limited-edition signed and numbered prints with accompanying print of the “Close Action” painting of Commodore Macdonough.
Captain: $1,000, will receive five signed, numbered and personalized prints of both the battle painting and the Macdonough portrait.
Master Commandant: $2,500, will receive 12 sets of personalized signed and numbered limited-edition prints (both battle portrait and Macdonough portrait) and one remarqued print of the battle painting (from a special edition of only 75).
Vice Admiral: $5,000, will receive an original drawing from the creation of the work as well as 25 sets of signed and numbered prints (both battle portrait and Macdonough portrait) and five remarqued prints.
Admiral: $10,000, will receive three original drawings from the creation of the work, 30 sets of signed and numbered prints (both battle portrait and Macdonough portrait) and eight remarqued battle prints.
Fleet Admiral: $50,000, will receive the artist’s original master drawing of the epic work, as well as 12 remarqued prints and 50 sets of personalized signed and numbered limited-edition prints (both the battle painting and Macdonough portrait).
To contribute, visit the website www.battleofplattsburgh.org (link at the bottom of homepage) or send donations to the Battle of Plattsburgh Association, 31 Washington Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12903.