Painting Bombarick Rock

Psyche was a brig of war belonging to the British East India Company's private navy. It carried 32 guns and was commanded by Captain Edgecombe. Piracy was a constant danger, so besides carrying marine insurance, some bigger companies employed their own private navies to help ward off attack. The picture shows the East India Company's brig of war Psyche attacking and chasing Arab pirates around Bombarick rock in the Persian Gulf on September 13, 1816.
Currently not on view
Object Name
painting, oil
date made
ca 1840
Hornbrook, Thomas L.
Physical Description
oil on canvas (overall material)
without frame: 23 in x 18 in; 58.42 cm x 45.72 cm
with frame: 14 3/4 in x 20 1/2 in; 37.465 cm x 52.07 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Cigna Maritime Collection
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Cigna Maritime Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection

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