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LIBERTY TRIUMPHANT OR THE DOWNFALL OF OPPRESSION
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF AMBASSADOR J. WILLIAM MIDDENDORF II
LIBERTY TRIUMPHANT OR THE DOWNFALL OF OPPRESSION

HENRY DAWKINS? C. 1774

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LIBERTY TRIUMPHANT OR THE DOWNFALL OF OPPRESSION
Henry Dawkins? c. 1774

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[DAWKINS, Henry.] Liberty Triumphant or the Downfall of Oppression. [Philadelphia or New York]: [Henry Dawkins?], c. 1774.

The Boston Tea Party & the aftermath. An extremely rare American political cartoon attributed to Henry Dawkins and published soon after the Boston Tea Party, but before news arrived of the retaliatory "Intolerable Acts" that would close the Port of Boston and set the stage for open rebellion. The cartoon is set on a rough map of both shores of the Atlantic with Britannia voicing her distress over the conduct of her colonies. Below, her ministers led by Lord North (led by the Devil) and the merchants of the East India Company, complaining of their losses. On the opposite shore is a Native American princess leading her warriors in protecting the interests of the colonies while the Goddess of Liberty and the winged figure, Fame looking on in approval. Below them, Tory merchants lament their loss of their influence due to the boycotts of English goods. Dolmetch, Rebellion and Reconciliation, p. 31; National Humanities Center, Colonists Respond to the Tea Act & the Boston Tea Party, p 12; Parker, Wellsprings of a Nation, 135.

Engraving. 10 7/8 x 14 5/8 in (275 x 377mm). (Small tear at bottom margin repaired). Hinged to a mat and framed.

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