Apr 15, 2021 - Sale 2564

Sale 2564 - Lot 76

Price Realized: $ 750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
(ALLEGORIES.) Europe, America / Asia, Africa. Pair of hand-colored mezzotints, 10 1/4 x 14 1/4 inches; some restoration in margins, light toning. London: P. Gally, 6 October 1804

Additional Details

This pair of representations of the four major continents apparently takes inspiration from Stampa's 4-print Emblems series, released 4 years earlier. Once again, the allegorical "America" wears a feathered headdress, holds an American flag, and stands aside a small monument to George Washington. In this one, her American Indian (or enslaved?) sidekick sits behind her, apparently learning to read; a rattlesnake slithers on the ground at her feet (a symbol of the betrayal of England?). Hart 83.