Apr 15, 2021 - Sale 2564

Sale 2564 - Lot 80

Price Realized: $ 1,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
(ALLEGORIES.) Benjamin Tanner, engraver; after Barralet. America Guided by Wisdom: An Allegorical Representation of the United States. Hand-colored etching, 19 1/4 x 24 3/4 inches; two 2-inch repaired closed tears slightly entering image, mat toning, light wrinkling, mount remnants on verso. [Philadelphia, 1815 or earlier]

Additional Details

Minerva, goddess of wisdom, is in the foreground offering counsel to the Genius of America (seated with the "Union and Independence" shield). An equestrian statue of Washington stands guard in the background, with the fruits of American commerce, agriculture, and industry all on display. This is apparently the first state; Stauffer 3115 describes another state which credits the engraver as Tanner, Vallance, Kearny & Co., a firm which Tanner joined in 1815. Fowble 324.