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Welcome to the Maryland Historical Society’s Collections Online Database. Browse through both Museum Department collections and the Special Collections Department of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library by subject or by medium. Here you will see paintings, photographs, manuscripts, decorative arts pieces, lithographs, and more.

With well over one million items housed at MdHS, this database contains merely a fraction of what can be found in the combined collections. Information contained in the records of the Collections Online Database is subject to change as a result of ongoing research.

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PaintingsMining the Museum (exhibit)

Works on Paper

Emigration & immigrationMaritimePrints
Prints, War of 1812, 1812-1815, Lithographs; Patapsco Neck, Battle of, Md., 1814
Unknown
First View of the Battle of Patapsco Neck dedicated to those who lost their friends in defence of their country. September 12, 1814. References to locations of fourteen regiments in bottom margin. Engraving.
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ca. 1814
H86


War of 1812, 1812-1815, Object--Weapons, Baltimore (Md.)
Presentation sword given to Captain John A. Webster, War of 1812, by the Citizens of Baltimore.
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1912.3.1


Textiles, War of 1812, 1812-1815, Flags, Easton (Md.)
Keer, Mrs. John Leeds
Painted silk, fringe by Mrs. John Leeds Kerr. The banner features a spread eagle holding a shield and arrow with the motto "Pro Aris Et Focis" and "The Juvenile Corps". The Juvenile Corps were from Easton, Maryland. War of 1812. Gift of Kenneth C. Kerr.
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ca. 1812
1915.3.1


War of 1812, 1812-1815, Key, Francis Scott, 1779-1843., Portrait male, War of 1812, 1812-1815, Newspapers and periodicals, Star-spangled banner (Song)
Unknown
Francis Scott Key (1779-1843). Engraving from newspaper clipping. Small Prints Collection.
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Unknown
None [Z24.1255]


Star-spangled, Key, Francis Scott, 1779-1843., banner (Song), Manuscripts--Poems and songs, Fort McHenry (Baltimore, Md.), War of 1812, 1812-1815
Key, Francis Scott, 1779-1843.,
The Star-Spangled Banner. Original handwritten manuscript by Francis Scott Key (1779-1843).
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1814
[54315]


Star-spangled, Key, Francis Scott, 1779-1843., banner (Song), Manuscripts--Poems and songs, Fort McHenry (Baltimore, Md.), War of 1812, 1812-1815, Broadsides.
Defence [sic] of Fort M'Henry. First printed version of The Star-Spangled Banner. "The annexed song was composed under the following circumstances--A gentleman had left Baltimore, in a flag of truce for the purpose of getting released from the British fleet, a friend of his who had been captured at Marlborough.--He went as far as the mouth of the Patuxent, and was not permitted to return lest the intended attack on Baltimore should be disclosed. He was therefore brought up the Bay to the mouth of the Patapsco, where the flag vessel was kept under the guns of a frigate, and he was compelled to witness the bombardment of Fort M'Henry [sic], which the Admiral had boasted that he would carry in a few hours, and that the city must fall. He watched the flag at the Fort through the whole day with an anxiety that can be better felt than described, until the night prevented him from seeing it. In the night he watched the Bomb Shells, and at early dawn his eye was again greeted by the proudly waving flag of his country."
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1814
None [Broadside 1814]


War of 1812, 1812-1815, North Point, Battle of, Md., 1814, Object
Unknown
Cane made of piece of wood from poplar under which General Ross was killed in the Battle of North Point, near Baltimore. September 12, 1814. War of 1812. Gift of Edward C. Ross, 1881.
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1814
1881.1.1


War of 1812, 1812-1815, Object--Weapons, North Point, Battle of, Md., 1814
Unknown
Horseman's Sabre, ca. 1808-1830. Possibly made by Derringer or J.J. Henry, contracted by the State of Maryland in 1811. Used by Elijah Stansbury of Captain Montgomery's Baltimore Union Artillery, at the Battle of North Point, Baltimore, War of 1812. Note: Case for sabre is 1897.3.1b.
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ca. 1808-1830
1897.3.1a


War of 1812, Prints, Etching,
Unidentified artist
The Conspiracy Against Baltimore, or The War Dance at Montgomery Court House [sic]. Engraving by unidentified artist. Small Prints Collection, Graphics Shelf 2, Box P196-P340.
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Not Dated
SMPR P322


Paintings; North Point, Battle of, Md., 1814; War of 1812, 1812-1815; Landscape
Ruckle, Thomas, 1776-1853
The Battle of North Point, Near Baltimore. Oil on canvas by Thomas Ruckle.
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ca. 1814
1939.11.1


War of 1812, 1812-1815; Baltimore (Md.); Paintings; Fort McHenry (Baltimore, Md.); Maritime; Landscape--Water
Miller, Alfred Jacob, 1810-1874
Painting of the bombardment of Fort McHenry by Alfred Jacob Miller. Features a view of Whetstone Point, Fort Babcock and Fort Covington, located on the right of the painting.
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ca. 1828-1830
1901.2.3


Paintings; North Point, Battle of, Md., 1814; War of 1812, 1812-1815; Landscape
Guy, Francis, 1760-1820
Mount Deposit from the North. Oil on canvas by Francis Guy. Shows the home of John Sterrett, used by the British on September 13, 1814 as General Brooke
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ca. 1805
1877.1.1


War of 1812, 1812-1815; Paintings; Landscape; Baltimore (Md.)
Ruckle, Sr., Thomas
Assembly of Troops before the Battle of Baltimore. Oil on canvas by Thomas Ruckle, Sr.
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ca. 1814
1879.2.1


War of 1812, 1812-1815, Key, Francis Scott, 1779-1843.; Star-spangled banner (Song); Paintings; Portrait male
Peters, Dewitt Clinton, 1865-1948
Half-length portrait shows Francis Scott Key as young man with brown hair to collar, brown eyes, and highly arched eyebrows. He wears a brown jacket with black collar, and white stock. He is seated in green-upholstered side chair. Oil on canvas by Dewitt Clinton Peters.
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1902
1952.15.10


War of 1812, 1812-1815, Paintings; Portrait male; Star-spangled banner (Song); Key, Francis Scott, 1779-1843.
de Vallee, Jean Francois
Half-length portrait shows Francis Scott Key as young man with wavy thin brown hair, facing slightly right with eyes forward. He wears dark coat, white vest and shirt. Watercolor on ivory by Jean Francois de Vallee.
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ca. 1798
1946.17.1


Paintings; Portrait male, War of 1812, 1812-1815
Unknown
Bust-length portrait shows Mendes Cohen. Wearing white turban, he has heavy brown beard and moustache. He wears red jacket with white decoration and decorated red shirt, and has two weapons tucked into waistband. Oil on cardboard by unknown artist.
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ca. 1835-1840
1947.22.2


Paintings; Portrait male; American Revolutionary War, 1775-1783; War of 1812, 1812-1815
Bauzil, Juan, 1766-1820
Bust-length portrait shows Commodore Joshua Barney: man with gray wig, three-quarter view, facing left with eyes forward. He wears a military uniform: dark blue double-breasted jacket lined in red with gold epaulettes and buttons, and white shirt. Barney served in the American Revolutionary War as well as the War of 1812. Watercolor on Ivory by Juan Bauzil.
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ca. 1796
1920.31.1


Occupation--Political--Mayor--Baltimore (Md.); Occupation--Political--US Senator; American Revolutionary War, 1775-1783; War of 1812, 1812-1815; Baltimore City Life Museum Collection; Paintings; Portrait male; Portrait male--Occupation--Politician; Peale Family (artists)
Peale, Rembrandt, 1778-1860
Half-length standing portrait shows Samuel Smith with gray hair, seen in three-quarter view, facing right with eyes forward. He wears blue and yellow War of 1812 uniform with double-breasted jacket. Oil on canvas by Rembrandt Peale, 1817-1818.
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1817-1818
CA681


Paintings; American Revolutionary War, 1775-1783; War of 1812, 1812-1815; Portrait male; Peale Family (artists); Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Peale, Rembrandt, 1778-1860
Commodore Joshua Barney. Served in the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. Oil on canvas by Rembrandt Peale, ca. 1817.
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ca. 1817
CA682


War of 1812, 1812-1815; Paintings; Peale Family (artists); Portrait male
Peale, Rembrandt, 1778-1860
Half-length standing portrait shows George Armistead with short curly dark hair, resting left arm on wheel of cannon. He wears War of 1812 uniform: dark blue military jacket with bold buttons and epaulettes, wide red sash, white pants and shirt, and dark stock. Oil on canvas by Rembrandt Peale.
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1817
CA684


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