(AMERICAN REVOLUTION--1781.) Strutt, engraver; after Pine. To Those who Wish to Sheathe the Desolating Sword of War--America--and, to Restore the Blessings of Peace and Amity, to a Divided People. Stipple etching, 19 x 24 inches; 5-inch repaired closed tear in image, other short tears, edge wear, tightly trimmed within plate mark to the caption, laid down on modern paper. Hinged on top edge to modern mat. London: R.E. Pine, 6 October 1781
This image by Robert Edge Pine, published by the artist, depicts the allegorical figure of America mourning at a monument to four martyred American generals, amid the ruins and desolation of war. Other figures bring her peace (an olive branch), liberty (represented by a cap on a pole), and plenty (a cornucopia). The original painting was done in 1778; the American generals named in the monument all died from 1775 to 1777. The message of this engraving was perhaps even more timely when this engraving was published two weeks before the Battle of Yorktown. Another engraving of this painting, done by Amos Doolittle, is thought by Reilly to be a later production. Cresswell 761b; Fowble 137, Reilly 1781-1.
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