Photo, Print, Drawing The bloody massacre perpetrated in King Street Boston on March 5th 1770 by a party of the 29th Regt. digital file from original

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Title
The bloody massacre perpetrated in King Street Boston on March 5th 1770 by a party of the 29th Regt.
Summary
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. Three of the latter lie bleeding on the ground. Two other casualties have been lifted by the crowd. In the foreground is a dog; in the background are a row of houses, the First Church, and the Town House. Behind the British troops is another row of buildings including the Royal Custom House, which bears the sign (perhaps a sardonic comment) "Butcher's Hall." Beneath the print are 18 lines of verse, which begin: "Unhappy Boston! see thy Sons deplore, Thy hallowed Walks besmeared with guiltless Gore." Also listed are the "unhappy Sufferers" Saml Gray, Saml Maverick, James Caldwell, Crispus Attucks, and Patrick Carr (killed) and it is noted that there were "Six wounded; two of them (Christr Monk & John Clark) Mortally."
Contributor Names
Revere, Paul, 1735-1818, engraver
Created / Published
Boston : Engrav'd Printed & Sold by Paul Revere, 1770.
Subject Headings
-  Attucks, Crispus,---1770
-  Caldwell, James,--1734-1781
-  Carr, Patrick,---1770
-  Clark, John.---1770
-  Gray, Samuel,---1770
-  Maverick, Samuel
-  Monk, Christopher
-  Boston Massacre, 1770
-  African Americans--1770
-  Boston (Mass.)--1770
Format Headings
Engravings--1770.
Genre
Engravings--1770
Notes
-  Engrav'd Printed & Sold by Paul Revere Boston.
-  The print was copied by Revere from a design by Henry Pelham for an engraving eventually published under the title "The Fruits of Arbitrary Power, or the Bloody Massacre," of which only two impressions could be located by Brigham. Revere's print appeared on or about March 28, 1770.
-  Title appears as it is written on the item.
-  Brigham, p. 41-57.
-  Cresswell, no. 246.
-  Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1770-1.
-  Published in: Viewpoints; a selection from the pictorial collections of the Library of Congress . . . Washington : Library of Congress, 1975, no. 56.
-  Exhibited in: Creating the United States, Library of Congress, 2008.
-  Exhibited: "The Civil Rights Act of 1964 : A Long Struggle for Freedom" at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., June 2014 - June 2015.
Medium
1 print : engraving with watercolor, on laid paper ; 25.8 x 33.4 cm. (plate)
Call Number/Physical Location
FP - XVIII - R452, no. 1 (A size) [P&P]
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/p.print
Digital Id
ppmsca 01657 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.01657
cph 3a35950 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a35950
cph 3f04913 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3f04913
cph 3b51693 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b51693
cph 3g04600 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3g04600
Library of Congress Control Number
2008661777
Reproduction Number
LC-DIG-ppmsca-01657 (digital file from original) LC-USZ62-35522 (b&w film copy neg.) LC-USZC2-4913 (color film copy slide) LC-USZC4-110 (color film copy transparency) LC-USZC4-4600 (color film copy transparency)
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on publication.
Language
English
Online Format
image
Description
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. Three of the latter lie bleeding on the ground. Two other casualties have been lifted by the crowd. In the foreground is a dog; in the background are a row of houses, the First Church, and the Town House. Behind the British troops is another row of buildings including the Royal Custom House, which bears the sign (perhaps a sardonic comment) "Butcher's Hall." Beneath the print are 18 lines of verse, which begin: "Unhappy Boston! see thy Sons deplore, Thy hallowed Walks besmeared with guiltless Gore." Also listed are the "unhappy Sufferers" Saml Gray, Saml Maverick, James Caldwell, Crispus Attucks, and Patrick Carr (killed) and it is noted that there were "Six wounded; two of them (Christr Monk & John Clark) Mortally."
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