Sep 30, 2021 - Sale 2580

Sale 2580 - Lot 30

Price Realized: $ 1,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
(AMERICAN REVOLUTION--1776.) [Matthew & Mary Darly], artists. Bunkers Hill, or America's Head Dress. Engraving, 9 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches; cropped to neatline, cropped tightly around caption with loss of final two letters (supplied in manuscript) and the entire imprint line, with the caption portion laid down on a strip of paper; image fresh and clean. [London, 19 April 1776]

Additional Details

A British satirical print, depicting a comical battle taking place in the folds of a woman's fashionably enormous hair. The troops fight under the flags of a monkey and a duck, while a naval battle rages in her lower tresses. Matthew Darly was a popular London print-seller, while his wife Mary apparently did much of the engraving. The print was possibly taken from the 1776 book "Darly's Comic-Prints of Characters, Caricatures, Macaronies, etc." "Of inestimable interest and, so far as the writer knows, no copy has come to light in this country"--P. Lee Phillips, "A Rare Caricature of Bunker Hill," Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine 52:7 (July 1918), page 391-4. Cresswell 697; Dolmetsch, Rebellion and Reconciliation 37.