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Auction 138, Lot 306

"Sketch of Bunker Hill Battle by S. Swett", Annin & Smith

Subject: Boston, Massachusetts

Period: 1826 (circa)


Color: Black & White

18.5 x 12.3 inches
47 x 31.2 cm

This uncommon plan of the battle of Bunker Hill by Samuel Swett was engraved by Annin & Smith and published by Monroe & Francis. It is based on Thomas Hyde Page's plan of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Although the battle resulted in a British victory and loss of control of Boston, the campaign was considered one of the first steps towards American Independence. Page served as aide-de-campe to General Howe during the action. His plan was first published by Faden and later in Charles Stedman's history of the American Revolution. The map shows cannon fire, lines of attack, British landing places, and British ships in the Charles River. Charlestown is noted as burned down.


Condition: B

Issued folding, now pressed with a few tiny fold separations and light, uneven toning. There is a binding trim at left with a short tear in blank area of map image that has been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 12/7/2011