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(AMERICAN REVOLUTION--HISTORY.) Verger, Peter C., engraver. Triumph of Liberty, Dedicated to Its Defenders in America. Engraving, 18 3/4 x 23 1/2 inches, after Renault; moderate toning, edge wear, several short closed tears in margins and one irregular 7-inch closed tear in the upper image area, tape repairs on verso. [New York], January 1798
Second state, the first being issued without caption in 1796. An unusual allegory of ascendant American liberty using Roman iconography. The goddess Minerva pays tribute to fallen American war heroes amidst monuments, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence. A jolly little bonfire is fueled by crowns, scepters, and "titles of nobility." In the foreground, horrified monarchs flee into the woods while a partially dismembered "Hydra of Despotism" twitches in the darkness. A lengthy caption explains all. Reilly 1796-1 (first state); Stauffer 3344:II.
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