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Habermann, Francois Xaver (1721-1796) La Destruction de la Statue Royale a Nouvelle Yorck [New York]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06952 Author/Creator: Habermann, Francois Xaver (1721-1796) Place Written: Augsburg, Germany Type: Print Date: 1776 ca. Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: New York Sons of Liberty destroying a statue of King George III. Highly imaginative scene with late Baroque buildings more characteristic of Germany or Austria or perhaps Holland. Hand-colored. Background shows a full-length statue (it was equestrian) and many turbaned slaves. (Slaves were, in fact, involved in pulling down the statue.) Plate mark "Aaaa no. 2" at bottom. Part of a series of Vues d'Optique printed at Augsburg; other prints in the series include Landing of the British troops (GLC 5860) and fire in New York (GLC 7754). Fowble, Two Centuries, 172.


Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Military History, Monument, Sons of Liberty, African American History, Slavery, Declaration of Independence, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs

Sub Era: The War for Independence