Mr. Tho.s Paine
Published as the Act directs 1 Sep.r 1791 by C. Forster No.41 Poultry
Engraving, sheet 160 x 100mm (6¼ x 4"). Trimmed and tipped into album sheet.
Thomas Paine (1737-1809), author and revolutionary. A leading figure in the age of revolutions and an effective pamphleteer, Paine's works included 'Common Sense' (1776), which inspired people in the 'Thirteen Colonies' to declare and fight for independence from Great Britain; the hugely successful 'Rights of Man' (1791-2), which did much to restore credit to the French in Britain and America; and 'The Age of Reason' (1793), a trenchant attack on Christianity and all formal religions which stirred up hostility for many years afterwards (in 1888 Teddy Roosevelt described him as 'a filthy little atheist'). Engraved after a portrait by Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827), American painter and museum founder who served in the Pennsylvania militia and participated in radical politics during the Revolution.
For another engraving of Paine from the same portrait by Peale see ref. 34441.
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