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(AMERICAN REVOLUTION.) [A Picturesque View of the State of the State of the Nation.] Engraving, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches; minor foxing, small ink stain in upper right corner, laid down on modern board. Strasbourg, France, circa 1780?
While a distraught Englishman wrings his hands and a dog urinates on a sleeping British lion, a cow representing British commerce is being exploited by its enemies. An American saws off one of its horns, it is milked by a Dutchman, and a Frenchman and a Spaniard stand by with bowls of milk. Philadelphia looms in the background. This composition initially appeared in Westminster Magazine in February 1778, and was frequently re-engraved in this period. The present version was issued the simple credit line "A Strasbourg," but has a lengthy caption key in German beginning "Die Milchkuh stellt die Handlung von Groß-Brittanien vor." We have traced no other examples of this German-language version; cf Cresswell 726, 781.
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