Mar 10, 2020 - Sale 2533

Sale 2533 - Lot 12

Price Realized: $ 281
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
(AMERICAN REVOLUTION--1778.) [A Picturesque View of the State of the Nation for 1778.] Engraving, 7 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches; light folds, light mat toning. [Netherlands, circa 1780?]

Additional Details

This composition initially appeared in Westminster Magazine in February 1778, where the symbolism is explained: a host of enemies pillaging a milk cow representing British commerce. An American Indian saws off the cow's horns, with Philadelphia in the background. The cartoon was frequently re-engraved in this period, with the present version issued without a date or credit line (apparently Dutch). See Cresswell 726.