The Tea Tax Tempest, or the Anglo-American Revolution.
Etching with very large margins, fine impression, scarce. Scratched letter proof. Platemark: 405 x 485mm (16 x 19"). Light foxing in margins. Small spot of repaired damage in lower right title area.
Famous American Revolution satire, in which a figure of Time uses a magic lantern to project an allegorical representation of revolution in America, showing the consequences of the Stamp Act and the tax on tea, watched by an audience personifying the four continents. In the title area, two medallions depicting Holland and Switzerland as precursors of the American struggle in their own experiences of oppression. One (left) is inscribed "Auto da fe" and "Holland. 1560". It represents a man tied to the stake, while a monk, holding up a crucifix, holds a torch to the pile. On the right. is "Wilhelm Tell, Switzerland. 1296". Legendary Swiss patriot William Tell aims with a cross-bow at the apple on his son's head, while Austrian bailiff Gessler on horseback points at the child. Between the medallions is part of an oak-tree. The medallion representing Holland is supported (left) by the Dutch lion holding in his paw a sheaf of seven arrows representing the United Provinces. Hercules with his club (right) supports the medallion of Switzerland. An adaptation, in reverse, of 'The Oracle' by John Dixon. Engraved and published in Nuremberg by Carl Gottlieb Guttenberg (1743 - 1790).
BM Satires: 5490.
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