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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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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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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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