Reverse painting on glass was at the height of popularity from 1815 to 1850, when it was widely used to decorate the glass doors and window panels on mantle clocks.
It flourished again, with a burst of popularity, at the end of the Victorian era of the 1890s.
This time the technique was used on larger glass panes of the 51 x 61 cm size and frequently featured scenes of castles and bridges, often in moonlight.
Memorabilia or commemorative subjects - such as the Shannon and the Chesapeake, of War of 1812 fame, above, are much harder to find, especially in the fine condition as this one is.
Many reverse paintings on glass were done on large oval convex glass frames, a favourite being the Capitol, Washington, DC, left, and the Statue of Liberty below.
The Spanish-American War, and the exploits of the American fleet in battle, made naval themes a popular subject. Below, the Battleship Georgia.