Apr 15, 2021 - Sale 2564

Sale 2564 - Lot 27

Price Realized: $ 812
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
(REVOLUTION.) [A Picturesque View of the State of the Nation for 1778.] Engraving, 8 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches; moderate toning; moderate wear and repairs to corners. [France, circa 1780?]

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While a distraught Englishman wrings his hands and a British lion sleeps, a cow representing British commerce is being exploited by its enemies. An American saws off one of its horns, it is milked by a Dutchman, and a Frenchman and a Spaniard stand by with bowls of milk. Philadelphia looms in the background. This composition initially appeared in Westminster Magazine in February 1778, and was frequently re-engraved in this period. The present version was issued without a date or credit line, but has a lengthy caption in French beginning "La Vache a Lait, Représente le Commerce de la Grande-Bretagne." It can be distinguished by other versions by the tears in the Englishman's eyes. Cresswell 781a.