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Yes, we know the Constitution wasn't launched until 1799, and that the battle depicted in this painting wasn't fought until the War of 1812. The reasons that this painting is in the gallery are:
1. We may not know art, but we know what we like.
2. We didn't have any RevWar Naval pictures.
It's also our mystery picture. Someone sent it to our webmaster, but we didn't know who the artist is or how it came into existence.Thanks to Ben S for providing the answer! This wonderful oil on canvas was painted by the prolific maritime artist Charles Robert Patterson. See additional info at Naval War College Museum.