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John Paul Jones - 1779 by CdreJohnPaulJones John Paul Jones - 1779 by CdreJohnPaulJones
Commodore John Paul Jones wearing the blue and white Continental Navy uniform that he designed in 1777. This particular uniform was favored by officers as it had gold trim and epaulets while the blue and red garb ordered by Congress in 1775 didn't (though Jones added gold braid and epaulets to his blue and red uniform anyway). A group of officers and Jones presented this idea to Congress in 1777 and it was politely struck down, blamed for too closely resembling Royal Navy uniforms and giving a too powerful appearance to naval officers. Shortly after the uniform's refusal, Jones and the other officers had sets personally made and wore them out of sight at sea... though they opted to omit the gold trim just in case they were seen wearing them (Jones however, the usual mavrick, made his as dashing and fancy as possible, even wearing an unauthorized red sash.)
It is believed that Jones was wearing this particular uniform when the Bonhomme Richard engaged the HMS Serphis at The Battle of Flambrough Head on September 23rd, 1779.
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Pandaren-Chaplain Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
  Truly great man of the Ocean. He even was a cossack! When he enlisted the Russian service to our empress Catherine the Great in the rank of rear admiral he was in the Ukraine, and later fight with turks and tatars in Crimea. Once when he vanquish the whole turkish fleet with his russian squadron which was under his command he wrote on the board of turkish flagship next "Burn it. John Paul Jones". 
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aarn Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
"I have not yet begun to fight!"

....and with that, he took the "HMS Serapis" enemy ship that sunk "Bon Homme Richard."

Yay!
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Tiggidou Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  New member Student Traditional Artist
about the "Bon Homme Richard": it was named after Benjamin Franklin. Friendship can be amazing...esp. when naming a ship after a famous founding father... :)
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aarn Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
I though the ship was named after Ben Franklin's book.
"Poor Richard's Almanac" 
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HCShannon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You forgot to mention his work as bass player of Led Zeppelin?
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Tiggidou Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  New member Student Traditional Artist
:)
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CdreJohnPaulJones Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:lol:
Indeed.
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TRegnier2795 Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
Huh. I don't think empaulettes look entirely right on 18th century clothes. They already seems ornate enough to me, but this is still a very good drawing.
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CdreJohnPaulJones Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can see where you're coming from, though I'm sure the epaulettes were added to give the uniform enough distinction from the Royal Navy uniforms. Plus, epaulettes are excellent ways to denote rank and give the one wearing them a broad shouldered and powerful appearance.
On the older 1760s and 50s uniforms? No... the pocket flaps and cuffs had a lot more gold. =P But I think the 1770s had toned their uniforms down just enough to allow simple epaulettes... I personally like the larger ones with thick shoulder boards and discs worn on 19th C. tailcoats. :D

But in the end... JPJ was a dandy. He really wanted to stand out and made sure his personal uniforms were quite well-trimmed and bedecked in gold. :)
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TRegnier2795 Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
Heh. Well, I do agree. Though, with the 1770s uniforms, I think the simplicity without the empauletes worked well, escpecially because fashion was becoming simpler and more natural (Regency fashions).
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CdreJohnPaulJones Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aye.
My favorite uniforms are those of the Napoleonic Wars... the tall collars and cutaway tails. Simple, with a bit of trim, and epaulettes. Plus, with trousers, long tails, a high cutaway waist, and a fore-n-aft bicorn, it made one look tall and trim. I'm only 5'8" and 125lbs, so when I put on my tailcoat it adds a couple of inches. :)
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TRegnier2795 Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
Heh. That reminds me I have to get a tail-coat sorted out for something (non-military, I prefer the civilian version of it).
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CdreJohnPaulJones Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweet! What for?
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TRegnier2795 Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
My own pleasure. I'm eccentric that way. I actually used to have one, and wear it about the house most of the year. Unfortunately, I've since outgrown it. BTW, did you make your coat yourself or buy it?

Because I'm looking for good patterns for a new one.
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CdreJohnPaulJones Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had it made. A seamstress from the Treadbare Stitchery made it.
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Their prices are good, but the only drawback is that you have to be very specific. If not told otherwise, they will leave it a little large to be grown into, hand stitched, and minor details will be off. When I ordered my first tailcoat, I ordered one of a Master Commandant of the USN, C. 1812. Military tailcoats are buttoned across but can also have the lapels buttoned back like a frock, but she made it so there were buttons sewn on the left side and the front was pulled across to the right and buttoned up. Also, the sleeves were quite loose, and during the Napoleonic period the idea was for the coat to fit very close; for the sleeves to be very narrow and to come down to the tops of the knuckles.
So I'd be sure to specify everything... if you want it machine stitched for durability, reinforced seams, a snug fit, how it buttons up, cuff and pocketflap styles, everything.
So my tailcoat wasn't quite what I'd hoped... but it was only undress and coast me only $110. My full dress Commodores' frock was a good $200 and I was quite detailed in the coat's description. I also drew up and provided plenty of images based on my research (the coat was a one of a kind with very little evidence as to its appearance, hence why I drew this image) and in the end was quite pleased with the result - still am!
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Quinster Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Very nice.
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CdreJohnPaulJones Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thankee! :D
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starwarsisme Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! The pose suits him, and its great. The uniform looks a bit like Norrington's from CotBP.
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CdreJohnPaulJones Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah... but its better than Norrington's... the sash and epaulets! :D
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GeneralVyse Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007
*gasp* HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT!?!?!?!!? Norrie's post captain kit is the bestestestestestest!!!!
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CdreJohnPaulJones Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha ha ha... but there aren't any epaulets! I love epaulets... :evillaugh:
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GeneralVyse Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007
LOL only cause they make yer shoulders bigger! LOL its a macho thing ;) lol
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CdreJohnPaulJones Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha ha ha! :D
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
:D I second what Farrell said, a great read and the uniform is amazing. I like his expression most of all though... 'Aye, whatever...' :lmao:
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CdreJohnPaulJones Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Aye, whatever..." ;)



:lol: Thankee!
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
Lol, as always you're welcome. ;)
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Instant fave! I love these character profiles you do, superb as always :D
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CdreJohnPaulJones Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thankee mate! :D
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No worry SAH! :salute:
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Gekster Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007
Hehehe. The rascal! I did think it looked similar to the royal navy and then i read what you wrote about it! A very interesting read :) thank you!

He looks good drawn like that, and with that pipe almost somewhat 'i'm bettah than you!'. Hehe, I bet he just wanted to look all blingey shiney ;)!

Btw. should he be drawn in this uniform with the Imps or his general one? XD
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CdreJohnPaulJones Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Probably this one, as both Jones preferred and I prefer this one... ;)
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BlueDeathRose Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
TRULY AMAZING FRANK...^.^ I LOVE UR SIGNATURE IT'S SO SOPHISTICATED
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CdreJohnPaulJones Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh heh... thanks!
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