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(COLONIAL ERA.) James Moore, engraver; after Giacomo Amiconi. America! of Wealth thou Modern Mine. Mezzotint, 14 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches; dampstaining in caption area, moderate edge soiling, 4 pinholes (one in image), small repair in lower left corner. London: Robert Sayer, circa 1760-65
Second state, issued by Sayer alone, from a series of mezzotints titled "Quarters of the World." Its allegorical America is a bearded man wearing a goat skin (head still attached) and feathered head-dress, while brandishing an arrow and what appears to be a gold ingot. Other important American trade products such as palm trees, hammocks and crocodiles are depicted. It is captioned with an original bit of verse: "America! of Wealth thou modern Mine / What if by conquest we possess thy Shore / Thy Savages reveng'd should less repine / Since we're the Slaves of thy corrupting Ore." Sayer issued other prints with the "Fetter Lane, opposite Fleet Street" imprint from at least 1748 onward; this series was listed in his 1766 sale catalog.
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