Apr 15, 2021 - Sale 2564

Sale 2564 - Lot 77

Price Realized: $ 531
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
(ALLEGORIES.) Africa / America. Mezzotint, 10 3/4 x 15 1/2 inches; one-inch area on top edge tastefully filled, just touching image, 3 short repaired closed tears. Amsterdam: A. Poncia & Co., circa 1807

Additional Details

Allegorical figures of Africa and America. America is probably intended to be an American Indian; she holds a stylized flag of the United States, with a palm tree and leopard behind her. The composition is strikingly similar to a British print by W.B. Walker which celebrated the 1807 abolition of the Atlantic slave trade, but this Dutch print omits those elements such as portraits of William Wilberforce and Thomas Clarkson. Provenance: Swann sale, 28 February 2005, lot 97, to the consignor. None others traced at auction or in OCLC.