Auction 110, Lot 201

"La Destruction de la Statue Royale a Nouvelle Yorck", Haberman, F. X.

Subject: New York - American Revolution

Period: 1780 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
16.2 x 11 inches
41.1 x 27.9 cm

This great print shows the destruction of the statue of King George III in New York City following the reading of the Declaration of Independence to the American army on July 9, 1776. Engraved for a Vue d'Optique, these wonderful prints were designed to be viewed in a special apparatus that gave the scene a strong 3-D impression. These views are some of the most distinctive and interesting images of the eighteenth century, and their distinctive engraving style, striking perspective and bright original color makes them as visually delightful as they are historically fascinating. One of the most interesting things about this view is its inaccuracy. The statue shown bears no resemblance to the actual monument that was destroyed and the American soldiers here look much more like West Indian natives than New Yorkers!

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Condition: A

Minor soil in blank margins.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $190

Closed on 3/2/2005

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