Perry’s victory on canvas

. July 31, 2013.

In commemoration of the bicentennial of the historic Battle of Lake Erie (September 10,1813) during the War of 1812, the Toledo Museum of Art is presenting Perry’s Victory: The Battle of Lake Erie, on view from August 9 through November 10 in Galleries 28 and 29.  Many of the approximately 40 works of art are being made available for public viewing for the first time including a rare opportunity to see the heroically scaled painting, Perry’s Victory on Lake Erie (1814) by Thomas Birch. The exhibition explores the significance of the famous battle commandeered by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, whose victory ensured America’s control of Lake Erie and led to his declaration of one of the most famous quotes of the era, “We have met the enemy and they are ours.” Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000 —JT