[Published as the Act directs July 23, 1791, for J. Ridgway, York Street, St. James's Square.]
Etching, rare. Sheet size: 155 x 97mm (6 x 3¾"). Trimmed to image, losing publication line.
A half length portrait of English-American political activist, philosopher, author, political theorist and revolutionary, Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809). He is directed, facing, and looking towards the right, holding book titled inscribed, 'Rights of Man'. A frontispiece to a pamphlet entitled, 'Common Sense, addressed to the inhabitants of America' written by Thomas Paine in 1775-76 which inspired people in the 'Thirteen Colonies' to declare and fight for independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776. In clear, simple language it explained the advantages of and the need for immediate independence. It was published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolution and became an immediate sensation. It was sold and distributed widely and read aloud at taverns and meeting places.
[Ref: 34441] £160.00