Edward Athawes, Esq.r.
[William Dickinson. n.d., c.1800.]
Mezzotint, rare. On watermarked paper. Sheet size: 350 x 240mm (13¾ x 9½"). Trimmed inside image.
A portrait of British merchant and financier Edward Athawes, sitting three-quarter to left, with a tricorn in his lap. His right arm is curled around his cane. Edward Athawes was a prominent London merchant in the Virginia tobacco trade. American tobacco planters, including Jefferson and George Washington, financed their plantations with sizeable loans from London. When tobacco prices dropped precipitously in the 1750s, many plantations struggled to remain financially solvent. Jefferson, on the verge of losing his own farm, aggressively espoused various conspiracy theories. Though never verified, Jefferson accused London merchants of unfairly depressing tobacco prices and forcing Virginia farmers to take on unsustainable debt loads.
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