The Tea-Tax Tempest, or the Anglo-American Revolution. Engraving, Carl Guttenburg.

The Tea-Tax Tempest, or the Anglo-American Revolution.

Nuremberg: 1778. Fine allegorical copper ENGRAVING with title in English, German and French, depicting a winged Father Time explaining the success of the American Revolution to four figures viewing the the tea-tax tempest image he is projecting onto drapes by means of a lantern slide projector. The four viewers represent America (at the left) and Africa, Asia and Europe (the three female figures to the right). At the center of the projected image is a tea pot on a bed of burning tea tax stamps being fanned by a rooster (France), while at the left British soldiers retreat as a serpent (America) springs from the tea pot after them. To the right the cap of liberty flies out of the tea pot into the outstretched hand of America (represented by a female native American with feather headdress) who leads the victorious revolutionaries. At the lower margin are two roundels titled 'Auto Da Fe, Holland, 1560' and 'Wilhelm Tell, Switzerland, 1296.
Guttenburg's engraving is an adaptation or reversal of a 1774 work of John Dixon, The Oracle, in which Dixon's goal was to portray Great Britain in a favorable light.
The Guttenburg engraving shows one of the allegorical forms in which America has been depicted: from 1575 to 1765 she was shown as a native American queen. From 1765 to 1783, during the period of the 13 Atlantic colonies, she was represented as the daughter of Britannia; finally she morphed into a Greek goddess.
49 x 41 cm. Old center fold is visible, a little dusty, margins with a little foxing, but not laid down. In a period style black with gold frame. Good+ overall. Cresswell 738. British Museum 5490. Princeton 6C077. Library of Congress, Prints & Photograph Division 11.03.00. Item #14510

Price: $750.00

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