The Unfortunate Death of Major Andre [with 'The Manner in which the American Colonies Declared themselves Independant of the King of England, throughout the different Provinces, on July 4 1776]
[both from Barnard's New Complete & Authentic History of England, 1783]
Two engravings, both approx 180 x 125mm (7 x 5"). Both trimmed to image, losing text and border, and glued to backing sheets. With text for the Death of Major Andre glued to sheet separately.
Two scenes of American interest, from Edward Barnard's history of England (1783). The first shows Americans celebrating the Declaration of Independence in 1776 (one person waves a flag while another holds a sign reading 'America Independant 1776') while the second shows the hanging of John André at Tappan, New York on 2 October 1780. André, an army officer and spy, was aide-de-camp of Henry Clinton, commander-in-chief of British forces in America from 1778. In this capacity André handled the correspondence between Clinton and various American spies, and also negotiated with General Benedict Arnold, who was planning to surrender to the British the fort at West Point, New York. André was on his way to a personal interview with Arnold when, disguised as a civilian, he was seized by American militiamen. He was brought before a military board convened by George Washington, found to have acted in the character of a spy, and sentenced to hanging. André's actions were commemorated by a monument erected in Westminster Abbey in London, where his remains were transferred in 1821.
For André's monument see ref. 121
[Ref: 39408] £490.00