Collection Items

  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The bloody massacre perpetrated in King Street Boston on March 5th 1770 by a party of the 29th Regt. 1 print : engraving with watercolor, on laid paper ; 25.8 x 33.4 cm. (plate) | A sensationalized portrayal of the skirmish, later to become known as the "Boston Massacre," between British soldiers and citizens of Boston on March 5, 1770. On the right a group of seven uniformed soldiers, on the signal of an officer, fire into a crowd of civilians at left....
    • Contributor: Revere, Paul
    • Date: 1770
  • Collection
    Cartoon Prints, American This assemblage of more than 500 prints made in America during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries encompasses several forms of political art. Most of the prints are from the division's PC/US series, which consists of individually cataloged political cartoons and caricatures. All of the prints meet two criteria: they were originally designed to express sentiments relating to civic life and government in the United...
    • Contributor: Baillie, James S. - Bucholzer, H. - Childs, John - Clay, Edward Williams - Currier, Nathaniel - Magee, John L. - Maurer, Louis - Robinson, Henry R. - Currier & Ives
    • Date: 1766

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  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The election, a medley, humbly inscribed to Squire Lilliput, professor of scurrility 1 print (broadside) : engraving ; 48 x 37.4 cm (sheet, trimmed) | Cartoon shows the old courthouse in Philadelphia during the October 1, 1764 election where a line of men wait at the steps on the right to enter the courthouse and cast their votes; in the foreground, many men, several clergymen and one female slave among them, comment on the candidates and...
    • Contributor: Dawkins, Henry
    • Date: 1764
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    The looking glass for 1787. A house divided against itself cannot stand. Mat. chap. 13th verse 26 1 print : engraving and rocker work, with watercolor on laid paper ; 28.7 x 36.7 cm. (image) | A satire touching on some of the major issues in Connecticut politics on the eve of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. The two rival factions shown are the "Federals," who represented the trading interests and were for taxes on imports, and the "Antifederals," who...
    • Contributor: Doolittle, Amos
    • Date: 1787
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Con-g-ss embark'd on board the ship Constitution of America bound to Conogocheque by way of Philadelphia 1 print : etching on laid paper ; 20.4 x 32.6 cm. (sheet, trimmed to within platemark on right and left edges) | In July 1790 Congress decided to move the seat of the federal government from its original site in New York to Washington, with Philadelphia as an interim capital. The unidentified satirist gives a cynical view of the profit opportunity which this...
    • Date: 1790
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Congressional pugilists 1 print : etching on wove paper ; 16.2 x 22.1 cm (plate) | A crude portrayal of a fight on the floor of Congress between Vermont Representative Matthew Lyon and Roger Griswold of Connecticut. The row was originally prompted by an insulting reference to Lyon on Griswold's part. The interior of Congress Hall is shown, with the Speaker Jonathan Dayton and Clerk Jonathan...
    • Date: 1798
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Patrick Lyon, who suffered three months severe imprisonment on merely a vague suspicion for the internal robbery of the Bank of Pennsylvania 1 print on wove paper : engraving ; sheet 18.8 x 13.3 cm. | Portrait of the Philadelphia blacksmith and locksmith who became a well-known victim of judicial injustice. Lyon, who had manufactured the iron doors and locks for the vault of the Bank of Pennsylvania, was falsely convicted of its robbery in 1798. Here he is shown seated in a prison cell, holding...
    • Contributor: Akin, James, Approximately - Akin, James
    • Date: 1799
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    America. To perpetuate to posterity the memory of those patriotic heroes, who fought, bled & died in establishing peace, liberty & tranquility to their country 1 print on laid paper: Stipple engraving printed in red ink ; sheet 47.8 x 59.7 cm. | Amos Doolittle's print after Robert Edge Pine's design appears to be an enlarged copy of Strutt's engraving (1781-1). It follows the original in most details, except for the figure in the medallion on the pyramid. In the Strutt version the figure seems to be Minerva and...
    • Contributor: Doolittle, Amos
    • Date: 1781
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    A new display of the United States 1 print on laid paper: engraving ; sheet 56 x 42.5 cm. | A bust portrait of President John Adams, with garland and curtain, framed by the arms of sixteen states. Below each state's seal are inscribed its population and number of senators and representatives. At the top of the print is a spread-winged eagle, holding an arrow, an olive branch, and a banderole...
    • Contributor: Doolittle, Amos
    • Date: 1799
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    A view of the obelisk erected under Liberty-tree in Boston on the rejoicings for the repeal of the ---- Stamp Act 1766 1 print on laid paper : etching with watercolor ; border 23.9 x 33.4 cm. | A schematic rendering of the illuminated obelisk erected on Boston Common in celebration of the repeal of the Stamp Act. On each of its four sides is a painted transparency which portrays in allegorical terms one phase in the struggle against the Stamp Act. They are titled: "1....
    • Contributor: Revere, Paul - Copley, John Singleton
    • Date: 1766
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Liberty. In the form of the goddess of youth, giving support to the bald eagle 1 print on laid paper: stipple engraving and mezzotint ; 65.5 x 42.2 cm (sheet) | An allegory of American liberty. Liberty, represented by a maiden in the form of the goddess Hebe, offers a cup to an eagle descending from the upper left. With her right foot she treads on chains, a scepter, a key, and other implements of tyranny. At the lower...
    • Contributor: Savage, Edward
    • Date: 1796
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    America. To those, who wish to sheathe the desolating sword of war. And, to restore the blessings of peace and amity, to a divided people 1 print on laid paper : stipple engraving printed in brown ink ; 46.4 x 60.4 cm (sheet trimmed within platemark) | Print shows an allegory of the restoration of peace and prosperity to America following the Revolution. The print is based on a 1778 painting by British artist Robert Edge Pine, which was destroyed by fire in 1803. It was one of several...
    • Contributor: Strutt, Joseph - Pine, Robert Edge
    • Date: 1781
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    America triumphant and Britannia in distress 1 print on laid paper : etching ; sheet (trimmed irregularly) 18 x 20.5 cm. | A crude allegory of American prosperity and victory over England. Below the image an "Explanation" reads: "I America sitting on that quarter of the globe with the Flag of the United States displayed over her head; holding in one hand the Olive branch, inviting the ships of all...
    • Date: 1782
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Triumph of liberty. Dedicated to its defenders in America 1 print on heavy laid paper : engraving ; 37.5 x 52 cm (plate), 46.8 x 59 cm (sheet) | Print shows an allegory of liberty flourishing and monarchy and tyranny in decline. In a wooded grove Minerva, with a shield bearing the arms of the United States and a flag emblazoned with stars, pours libations on an altar fire. Beside her are three...
    • Contributor: Verger, Peter C. - Renault, John Francis
    • Date: 1796