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Revere Collection - Engraved Illustrations and Woodcuts made in lead
Note: the items illustrated here have been arranged chronologically

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1760s

Ecliptic
From Almanac Collection [Almanacs Mass A800 1766 A - click for book record]
[Ecliptic (Cut of Eclipse)]
[1765]; sheet: (bound; 16.3 x 9.8 cm). cut: (4.5 x 8.2 cm). Reilly #1848.
Brigham plate 66. Link to Brigham.

Woodcut featuring an eclipse of the moon, sun and earth. Image is titled “Representation of the above Eclipse” which features a half-circle and numerous lines illustrating orbital paths and poles of the Earth. In the center are two circles. One circle is filled in; the other has sunbursts at its edges and is divided by a line reading “XI” on one end and “a” as well as “iii” on the other. A circular line is drawn across the upper left portion and is labeled as follows “XIII” “IX” “X” “XI” “XII” “I” “II” “III” “IV” “V” and “VI.” An additional perpendicular line is labeled “P.” and a small curved line in the lower right is labeled “d.” Description beneath reads “The above type shows the exact position of the Sun, Moon and Earth, at the middle of the Eclipse. The large semi-circle represents one half of that part of the Earth which is then illuminated by the Sun; a the path of the moon; the ecliptic, or oval curve line bb, shows the path of Boston would seem to describe the Earth’s surface, if viewed from the Sun, and its place at the respective hours marked thereon; P the north pole; d the equator, or equinoctial line; the small black circle represents the moon, or the extent of its shadow on the earth’s surface; the other circle is that part of the Sun, that may be seen at the middle of the eclipse, the rest being hid by the Moon.”



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Hemp Mill
From Dated Pams Collection [Dated Pams - click for record]
Plan of a Hemp Mill to Go by Water.
[1765]; sheet: (bound; 18.8 x 14.5 cm). plate: (11.6 x 13.1 cm). Link to record
Brigham plate 4. Link to Brigham.

Engraved plate for Edmund Quincy’s Treatise of Hemp-Husbandry printed in 1765. Signed below “G. Flagg Inv.” to the left, and to the right “P. Revere sculp.” Image features five distinct architectural plans including the elevation(s) side and details of a hemp mill contained within a bordered rectangle. The two elevations are casting a shadow. Figure 1 features a “Side-View” of the building’s frame with the shaft and water mill as well as levers, sweeps, beaters, block(s), breaks and joints illustrated. The length is noted as “8 Feet” and “10 Feet”; Figure 2 features the “End View” with the water wheel, posts to support the lever, end of the box, and break. Figure 3 has shows the “Chamber Floor with Box, Brakes, and Beater in their place” and is labeled “End 13 feet” and “Side 22 feet”; Figures 4 and 5 are noted as “representing one of the upright sweeps” with the brakes and box, and beneath them is a scale of 20 Feet. For more information, see “Explanation of Plan” [link]. Note: AAS also has an invoice/receipt for this copperplate in the New Accession Manuscript Collection under “Revere, Paul.”



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Lord God Omnipotent
From Almanac Collection [Almanacs Mass. E210 1769a - click for record]
Lord God Omnipotent.
[1768]; sheet: (bound; 16.5 x 9.5 cm). plate: (13.3 x 9.2 cm) (note: left margin trimmed).
Brigham plate 12. Link to Brigham.

Engraving featuring an allegorical image on an interior page of Edes & Gill’s North-American Almanack. At the top is the text “The Lord God Omnipotent reigneth, let all the Earth rejoice!” with rays extending in all directions. Beneath the text are two angels in a bank of clouds, described by the title page as the “Wings of the Wind.” The angel to the left has her arm raised upwards and is stating “Shall not the Lord lf all the Earth do Right” and the other. The one to the right states “The Fool only hath said in his Heart there is no God.” Beneath are two female allegories one to the right is seated with a crown, shield and liberty cap on a throne. She states “Collidimur”; to her left is a seated woman with pole and liberty cap draped in robes and leaning against her arm. She states “Frangimur.” Behind them on the stormy seas are two tempest-tossed ships and lightning bolts. The plate is signed “P Revere sculp” beneath the pedestal of Britannia. An accompanying description is in the almanac.



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1770s

View of Boston
From Almanac Collection [Almanacs Mass E210 1770 - click for record]
[View of Boston]
[1770]; sheet: (bound; 18 x 10.2 cm). plate/cut: (15.5 x 9 cm). Reilly #1767
Brigham plate 68. Link to Brigham.

Woodcut in lead before the title page of Edes & Gill’s North-American Almanack for 1770. Image is bordered with a thick line and the name “P. Revere” is in the bottom center. Surrounding text reads “A Prospective View of the Town of Boston, the Capital of New England and of the Landing of – Troops in the Year 1768, in [con]sequence of Letters from Gov. Bernard, the Commissioners, &c. to the British Ministry.” Image features Boston harbor in the foreground with numerous buildings, church spires and rolling hills to the right in the background.

There are several visible wharfs to the left and the North Battery to the far right. Jetting out in the center is Hancock’s wharf. Also visible is the (old) State House in the center amidst other buildings. There are numerous smaller boats with soldiers on board rowing towards the wharf. Ten ships are in the harbor, most of them display British flags on their hulls. All but the two smaller vessels are labeled, from left to right: 1. Beaver 2. Senegal 3. Martin 4. Glasgow 5. Mermaid 6. Romney 7. Lanceston 8. Bonetta. See similar image in Box 2 Folder 1 and first plate from Royal American Magazine Plates.



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Emma Leach
From Almanac Collection [Almanacs Mass A 800 1772a - click for record]
[Dwarf Emma Leach]
[1771]; sheet: (bound; 17 x 10.5 cm). plate/cut: (9.2 x 7 cm). Reilly #1549 & #1550.
Brigham plate 71. Link to Brigham.

Woodcut in lead on the cover of Ames Astronomical Diary; or Almanack for 1772. Image features an unflattering full portrait of a seated woman, Emma Leach (1719-?) a woman affected by dwarfism, looking left in a chair in a corner. The chair is backed with curved legs and is on a checkered floor. The woman is wearing a bonnet and sleeves with ruffles, a full skirt and has her hands on her lap. Her noteworthy physical features are curved arms, a short neck, a large, full nose and legs which do not reach the floor. Image is bordered.



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John Dickinson
From Almanac Collection [Almanacs Mass A800 1772a - click for record]
[John Dickinson]
[1771]; sheet: (bound; 17.5 x 11 cm). plate/cut: (9.3 x 6.9 cm). Reilly #1563 & #1564.
Brigham plate 71. Link to Brigham.

Woodcut in lead on an interior page of Ames Astronomical Diary; or Almanack for 1772. Image features a portrait from the waist of a man, John Dickinson (1732-1808) turned slightly to the right and facing the viewer. Portrait is inset in a decorative oval and is labeled “The Patriotic American Farmer.” Dickinson is holding a rolled document labeled “Farmer’s Letters” and is fingering it. He is leaning his left elbow on a volume labeled “Magna Charta.” He has a long oval face, a large nose, inset eyes, curled wig, and a thin frame and wears a cravat, coat with ruffled sleeves and cuffs and waistcoat with buttons.

Image also used on the cover of John Dodge’s An entertaining narrative of the cruel and barbarous treatment and extreme sufferings of Mr. John Dodge. [click for record], the broadside “Two songs on the brave General Montgomery” [click for record] and at the top of the broadside “Two favorite new songs at the American camp” [click for record].



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Catherine M'Caulay
From Almanac Collection [Almanacs Mass A800 1772a - click for record]
[Mrs. Catherine M’Caulay]
[1771]; sheet: (bound; 16.9 x 10.5 cm). plate/cut: (9.3 x 7 cm). Reilly #1552 & #1553.
Brigham plate 71. Link to Brigham.

Woodcut in lead on an interior page of Ames Astronomical Diary; or Almanack for 1772. Image features a full portrait of the author, labeled as “Mrs. Catharine Macaulay.” (1731-1791). The portrait is bordered. Image is set outside and features Macaulay in front of a fence; in the distance are bushes and trees. She is standing turned slightly right and facing the viewer. Her straight arm is extended and on her hand is a small bird; her other hand is fingering the bird. She is wearing an elaborate gown with lace on the bodice, petticoat and a flower pattern stomacher; the skirt is partially pinned up. Her sleeves feature numerous, cascading ruffles and her lace cap keeps her hair tied back; she is wearing buckled shoes. See Reilly #1552&3.



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Compass
From Almanac Collection [Almanacs Mass N800 1772 - click for record]
[Compass]
[1771]; sheet: (bound; 17.3 x 11 cm). cut: (6 x 6 cm). No record; Reilly #1838.
Brigham plate 66. Link to Brigham.

Woodcut on the title page of The North-American Almanac for 1772 by Samuel Stearns. Illustration is of a mariner’s compass inset in a bordered square. On the compass itself the decorative pointer shaped like a French fleur-de-lis is directed North. Surrounding the circle are four flourishes in each corner; in the center is a flower-shaped stylized item. From the circular floral-image outwards, the compass points out the four primary directions, the cardinal points, and twelve secondary points making sixteen total; each direction is listed with abbreviations (N, NbE, NNE, NEbN, NE, NEbE, ENE EbN, etc.). In the exterior circle bordering the compass are thirty-six divided blocks, each one separately numbered 01 to 09 in increasing and then descending order.



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William Pitt
From Broadside Folio Collection [BDSDS. 1771F - click for record]
[Portrait of William Pitt]
[1771]; sheet: (52.2 x 40.6 cm). plate: (12 x 10 cm). Link to record.
Brigham plate 26. Link to Brigham.

Engraved portrait of William Pitt (1708-1778) on a letter-pressed text broadside which starts “A Speech of the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Chatham” and is followed by the speech in four columns on the broadside; the speech is that delivered to the House of Lords in November of 1770. The bust portrait is in an oval shaped Chippendale style border which features Pitt facing right, head turned towards the viewer. He is wearing an overcoat with buttons, a cravat and a full, curled wig. Image is signed in the lower right “P Revere Sculp.” Text beneath reads “The The Right Honble. William Pitt, Esqr.” Followed by “I myself am one of the people. I esteem that security and independence which is the original birthright of an Englishman, far beyond the privileges, however splendid, which are annexed to the peerage.”



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Boston Massacre [Almanac]
Almanac Collection [Almanacs Mass. M270 1772a - click for record]
The Boston Massacre.
[1771]; sheet: (16.9 x 10.3 cm). cut: (12 x 9.4 cm). Reilly #1009.
Brigham plate 17. Link to Brigham.

Woodcut of the Boston Massacre scene which appeared in The Massachusetts Calendar, or an Almanac for 1772. The image is the same as the one which appears on the 1772 Broadside. Image is bordered with text above and is titled “The BOSTON MASSACRE, perpetrated on March the 5th, 1770” and verse beneath which reads “While Britons view this scene with conscious dread, and pay the last sad tribute to the dead; What though the shafts of justice faintly gleam, And ermin’d miscreants ridicule the scene; Ne’er let one breast the generous sigh disclaim, Or cease to bow at FREEDOM’s hallow’d sane; Still with the thought let Fame’s loud Clarion swell, And fate to distance time the MURDER tell.”

Scene features the American colonists to the left and the British regiment soldiers firing at them from the right. There are eight soldiers, all wearing regimental dress coats and hats with their left legs extended. In the foreground is the British commander, Captain Preston, with sword raised. Between the Regiment and Colonists is a thick cloud of smoke and bayonets of rifles. There are approximately thirteen colonists in various states of panic and casualty from gunshot. Three men are on the ground and two men help another wounded man away; additional profiles of figures look on from the back. In the background are several unmarked buildings, one being the Old State House. To the left is a raised steeple and chimneys as well as a crescent moon in the upper-left corner. Note: copy seen here has been trimmed on the left hand margin (not the same one as appears in Brigham).



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Frugal Housewife Frontispiece
From Reserve Collection [Reserve 1772 - click for record]
[Frontispiece for The Frugal Housewife]
[1772]; sheet: (bound; 15 x 8.4 cm). plate: (not visible). Link to record.
Brigham plate 4. Link to Brigham.

Engraved frontispiece for Susannah Carter’s The Frugal Housewife with a rectangular border and five images with text. The first is entitled “A Hare or Rabbit Trussed for Roasting” with an image of a prepared hare. Also illustrated is “A Hare or Rabbit for Roasting or Boiling” “A Goose” “Breast – Back” and “Ducks” with the legs of the animal carcasses’ held together with pins.

 



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Frugal Housewife Interior Page
From Reserve Collection [Reserve 1772 - click for record]
[Interior illustration for The Frugal Housewife]
[1772]; sheet: (bound; 15 x 8.4 cm). plate: (not visible). Link to record.
Brigham plate 4. Link to Brigham.

Engraved interior page before “Chapter 1” and after the “Bill of Fare for every Month in the Year” for Susannah Carter’s The Frugal Housewife with a trimmed rectangular border and six images of fowl with descriptive text. Listed are “A Turkey for Roasting” with an image of a large bird with pins, “A Turkey or Fowl for Boiling” with image of the poultry, “A Chicken or Foul for Roasting” with an animal tied with strings and pins, “A Pheasant or Patridge” with an image of a bird with two pins and its legs in the air. Beneath are two images labeled “Woodcock or Snipe” and “A Pigeon” with two birds with pins.



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Benjamin Church
From Reserve Collection [Reserve 1772 - click for record]
[Colonel Benjamin Church]
[1772]; sheet: (bound; 18.9 x 11 cm). plate: (not visible). Link to record.
Brigham plate 29. Link to Brigham.

Engraved frontispiece for The Entertaining History of King Philip’s War featuring a portrait of Colonel Benjamin Church (1639-1718) inset in an oval medallion with a Chippendale ornamental border above and below the image. Portrait is from the waist and shows the Colonel with powder horn, coat, shirt, waistcoat, kerchief or loose cravat and curled hair with close cropped bangs looking slightly to the right and set against a dark background. Engraved text beneath reads “Col. Benjamin. Church.” Image is signed beneath the oval “P. Revere Sc.”



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King Philip
From Reserve Collection [Reserve 1772 - click for record]
[Philip King of Mount Hope]
[1772]; sheet: (bound; 18.5 x 10.1 cm). plate: (not visible). Link to record.
Brigham plate 29. Link to Brigham.

Engraved interior page for The Entertaining History of King Philip’s War featuring a portrait of a Native American, King Philip, Sachem of the Wampanoags or Metacomet (ca. 1639-1676), standing and facing the viewer. He has one hand on his hip and the other holding a long barreled gun upright. He is wearing a banded headdress with a fox and a bird which cascades down his back; at his waist is a wide-banded belt or sash which features other animals such as deer and birds. His shirt has a patterned v-neck collar and exposes his chest. The hand on his hip is heavily scarred. King Philip’s complexion is dotted or speckled. On the outside of his shirt is a five-point star as well as a powder horn around his neck. He is wearing a cloak which reaches the ground. On his feet are tied shoes which look like moccasins, while beneath his feet is an additional powder horn as well as an ax. To his left are approximately nine Native Americans some standing, some sitting and listening to one Native American man who stands with his left arm extended upwards, an ax in his right hand. He is standing next to a smoking fire-pit. To his left is a seated Native American man smoking a pipe. In the distance is a mountain and groves of trees. Through the trunks one can see the silhouettes of other Native Americans. Image is signed beneath “Philip. King of Mount Hope” and to the right “P. Revere Sc.”



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Boston Massacre [Broadside]
Broadside Collection [BDSDS. 1772 - click for record]
The Boston Massacre.
[1772]; sheet: (49.1 x 29.7 cm). cut: (12 x 9.8 cm). Reilly #1009.
Brigham plate 18. Link to Brigham.

Woodcut appearing on broadside A Monumental inscription on the fifth of March. The image is the same as one appearing on the Massachusetts Calendar for 1772. Scene features the American colonists to the left and the British regiment soldiers firing. There are eight soldiers, all wearing regimental dress coats and hats with their left legs extended. In the foreground is the British commander, Captain Preston, with sword raised. Between the Regiment and Colonists is a thick cloud of smoke and bayonets of rifles. There are approximately thirteen colonists in various states of panic and casualty from gunshot. Three men are on the ground and two men help another wounded man away; additional profiles of figures look on from the back. In the background are several unmarked buildings, one being the Old State House. To the left is a raised steeple and chimneys as well as a crescent moon in the upper-left corner.

The image appears in the upper left hand corner of the broadside and features text beneath “Americans! Bear in Remembrance The Horrid Massacre! Perpetrated in King-street, Boston, New-England, on the Evening of March the Fifth, 1770. When five of your fellow countrymen, Gray, Maverick, Caldwell, Attucks and Carr, Lay wallowing in their Gore! Being basely, and most inhumanly MURDERED! And six others badly wounded! By a Party of the XXIXth Regiment, Under the command of Capt. Tho. Preston. REMEMBER! That two of the murderers were convicted of manslaughter! By a Jury, of whom I shall say Nothing, Branded in the hand! And dismissed, the others were Acquitted, and their Captain PENSIONED!” followed by text on the murder of Christopher Seider by Ebenezer Richardson. In the bottom right hand corner of the broadside is text by Isaiah Thomas. The verse is annotated with Thomas’s hand.



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Zodiac
From Almanacs Collection [Almanacs Mass. N800 1773 - click for record]
[Zodiac]
[1772]; sheet: (bound; 16.9 x 10.5 cm). cut: (9.5 x 7 cm). Reilly #1837.
Brigham plate 72. Link to Brigham.

Woodcut on the title page/cover of The North-American's calendar and gentlemen and ladies diary which is given the title beneath “A Projection of the Twelve Signs of the Zodiack. [sic].” Image features two men beneath a large compass. In the upper right is a crescent moon facing left; in the upper left are stars. The man to the left, in wig and overcoat is looking upwards towards the zodiac. The man to the left is pointing and holding a telescope; he has a beard and long hair.



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Man of Signs [attributed to Revere by Brigham]
From Almanacs Collection [Almanacs Mass. N800 1773 - click for record]
[Anatomy of man’s body]
[1772]; sheet: (bound; 16.9 x 10.5 cm). cut (whole): (5 x 4.6 cm).
Brigham plate 72. Link to Brigham.

Woodcut illustrating second page of text in The North-American's calendar and gentlemen and ladies diary; the title reads “The Anatomy of Man’s Body, as govern’d by the Twelve Constellations.” The image, bordered with two lines, features a seated man with long hair, a moustache and wearing only a loin cloth. His various body parts are labeled in name and with their pictorial astrological symbol; they are described as follows from head to feet on his left side: “ARIES” “a Ram, governs the Head and Face” “TAURUS” “a Bull the Neck” “CANCER” “a crab, the Beast” “SCORP[IO]” “A Scorpion the Secrets” “CAPRICORN” “A Goat, the Knees” “PISCES” “a fish the feet.” His right hand side is described as well, from head to toe: “GEMINI” “the Twins, the arms” “LEO” “a Lion, the Heart” “LIBRA” “a Balance, the Reins” “SAGI[TTARIUS]” “a Bowman the Thighs” “AQUA[RIUS]” “A Butler the Legs.” Also appearing on the page is the poem “Should we omit to place this Figure here, The book would hardly fell another Year; What [quoth our Country Friend) D’ye think I’ll buy An Almanck without th’ Anatomy?” As for it’s Use, nor he, nor we can tell; However, since it pleases some so well, We’ve put it in, because the Book should sell.” Note: Erroneously attributed to Paul Revere by C.S. Brigham; provided for reference; see record.



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Eclipses
From Almanacs Collection [Almanacs Mass. N800 1773 - click for record]
[Eclipses]
[1772]; sheet: (bound; 16.9 x 10.5 cm). cut: (5.7 x 6 cm). Reilly #1864.
Brigham plate 72. Link to Brigham.

Woodcut illustrating the second of four listed eclipses on the third page of The North-American's calendar and gentlemen and ladies diary. The text above states “The 2d of the Moon, April 7, visible calculated as follows” with an hour/minute/second chart following the time in the morning. The image is labeled “A Projection of the Moon’s Eclipse” with “Circle B represents the beginning; M the Middle; and E the End of the Eclipse, &c” The illustration features one central darkened circle with a thick white bordering circle. The circle is divided into four with three lines. The left to right line is labeled “W” and “C’ above and “Z” and “K” below.” Two parallel lines run vertically with a “X” on one end and a “O” and “A” on the other. A fourth line appearing at the top of the circle and crossing horizontally reads “Moon’s” to the left and “Way” to the right. Three smaller circles appear on this line each labeled “E” “M” and “B” from left to right.



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Conversing Devils
From Dated Pams Collection [Dated Pams - click for record]
[Devils]
[1773]; sheet: (bound/trimmed; 17.7 x 12 cm). plate/cut: (14.5 x 18.9 cm). Reilly #1166.
Brigham plate 68. Link to Brigham.

Woodcut in lead on the title page of Jacob Green’s pamphlet A Vision of Hell. Image of the relief print features a border scene where a dragon to the left breathes hell-fire to the right towards a table of four devils who are conversing; several are smiling and holding hands. Three of the devils are seated and one is standing holding a two-pronged fork. Manuscript notation above image reads “Beelzebub.”



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Man with Skeleton
From Dated Pams Collection [Dated Pams - click for record]
[Man conversing with skeleton]
[1773]; sheet: (bound; 19 x 12 cm). plate/cut: (8.5 x 6.7 cm). Reilly #1195.
Brigham plate 68. Link to Brigham.

Woodcut in lead on the back page of the pamphlet A Vision of Hell by Jacob Green which features two figures standing in a landscape with clouds above and ground beneath. To the left is a skeleton with hand on hip and one hand extended; a partial wreath surrounds the top of his skull. An arrow pierces the right side of his pelvis and dips beneath his knee. To the right is a man in colonial dress with breeches and shoes with buckles a coat with buttons conversing with him, both hands are turned upwards. The man has chin-length straight hair. The image is bordered. Image also appears at top of "The Speech of Death to Levi Ames" from 1773 click for record.



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Wicked Statesman
From Almanac Collection [Almanacs Mass. M280 1774 - click for record]
[The Wicked Statesman]
[1773]; sheet: (bound; 15.2 x 10.3 cm). plate/cut: (9.6 x 7.9 cm). Reilly #1012
Brigham plate 69. Link to Brigham.

Woodcut in lead with border on the front cover/title page of The Massachusetts calendar; or An almanack for the year of our Lord Christ 1774. Image features a caricature of Thomas Hutchinson (1711-1780) to the right with a devil and skeleton to his left. Text beneath image reads “The wicked Statesman, or the Traitor to his Country, at the Hour of Deat[h].” Hutchinson is wearing a waistcoat and overcoat with ruffles, buttons and breeches; his wig is curled and he looks to the left apprehensively. He is sitting in a backed chair at a small table. Slithering up his right leg is a snake; he is leaning against a pile of money, a bag and a rolled note reading 1500 pounds. Beneath his feet is a book labeled “Machiavelli.” The devil is pointing to a tablet which reads “A List of Crimes” and two columns of marks; he has horns, a long tail, beady eyes and is smiling madly. The skeleton is also smiling and positions a spear toward Hutchinson’s torso. He is standing atop a dragon-like creature who is breathing flames behind them.



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Globe
From Almanac Collection [Almanacs Mass N800 1774 - click for record]
[Globe with figures]
[1773]; sheet: (bound; 16.4 x 9.5 cm). cut: (8.2 x 7.8 cm). Reilly #1836.
Brigham plate 66. Link to Brigham.

Woodcut featuring animals and people on a circular globe on the North American’s Almanack for 1774. There are five lines dividing the globe and letters which serve as labels for the descriptive text on the following page. One line to the left labeled “E” and “Q” is the equator and has on both ends a man. To the left is a man holding a sword and to the right a man walking with a staff. A center line labeled “P” and “S” with horses on either end is the Axis and is directed to the right. Also labeled are “H” to the left and “R” to the right which is described on page two as the horizon of Boston. Atop is “Z” with a man standing with his hands on his hips; this is described as “Boston’s Zenith.” Connecting this figure to the bottom is a vertical line. At the base, upside down is a woman in a dress with her hands in the air and the letter “N’ before her; she is described as Nadir. Atop the globe, to the left, is a line with a “G” on one end and a “D” on the other; this is described as a plane parallel to the Earth’s axis and “O” being “the point of Boston on the terrestrial Globe.” Also labeled are the Arctic Circle and the Antarctic Circle with “a” and “x” and “a” and “c” respectively. Two other diagonal lines to the left are described as the Sun’s greatest declination to the South and to the North.



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Dramatic Interlude
From Reserve Collection [Reserve 1774 - click for record]
Dramatic Interlude & Dance Given by the Indians of Ulietea.
[1774]; sheet: (bound; 18.5 x 21.5 cm). plate: 13 x 18.5 cm). Link to record.
Brigham plate 30. Link to Brigham.

Engraved plate for John Hawkesworth’s A new voyage, round the world of James Cook’s Voyage, which features an interior scene where three women, one topless, dance in front of a crowd of men to the left and musicians to the right. The bare-chested woman has one hand above her head and another at her side; she is in mid-step with one foot on the floor. She is wearing a long skirt with elaborate ruffles at the top near her stomach and up her back. The second woman has her toes pointed outward and her arms pointed inward. She also wears a long skirt, tight bodice and ruffles on her hips; on her head is a cap. The third woman, or young man, stands in a plain frock with her head tilted to the side.  To the right are several men playing instruments; one item which looks like a flute and two additional items which look like tall drums. In the foreground a young boy stands in the shadows, a drum and cloak at his feet and an urn-shaped item in his two hands. To the left is a crowd of men, most standing and observing the dancers. Two are wearing caps and one leans on a cane; a man in the background with a beard leans on a cane. The dancers are standing on a tiled rug beneath a post and beam structure with numerous timber columns. Through the columns a viewer can see palm trees and mountains. All are barefoot in the scene. Text at top center reads: “to front the title of Cooks Voyages Vol. Ist.” Image is signed in the lower right “P Revere Sculp.”



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1780s

George Washington
From Almanac Collection [Almanacs Mass W 400 1781a - click for record]
[George Washington]
[1780]; sheet: (bound; 18 x 10 cm). plate/cut: (7.5 x 6.3 cm).
Brigham plate 50. Link to Brigham.

Woodcut in lead featuring a bust portrait of George Washington (1732-1799) inset in a medallion on an interior page of Weatherwise’s Town and Country Almanack for the Year of our Lord 1781. Cut is labeled “His Excellency George Washington, Esq: Commander in Chief of the Armies of the United States of America.” Portrait of Washington shows the General facing the viewer wearing a cravat and coat; his hair is curled up. Medallion border is Chippendale style and is decorated with several flags, masts visible at the top as well as wreaths surrounding the base. Beneath the portrait are additional flags and cannons pointed to the left and right and what appears to be a drum in the center.

 

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