20 Reasons To Love Americana, Day 17

 Today’s blog in our series showcasing standout examples of Americana that will be offered at the Winter Antiques Show January 19–29 at New York City’s Park Avenue Armory looks at a work on paper that details one of the defining moments in the country’s history.

A wonderful piece of Americana is this circa 1820 engraving offered by The Old Print Shop, New York City, titled “The Bloody Massacre Perpetrated in King Street Boston on March 5th 1770 by a party of y 29th Ret….”

The Paul Revere (1735–1818) engraving contains three columns with three rhyming couplets each along with a well-executed drawing of the attacking solders and the resulting bloodshed. Wonderfully detailed with superb draftsmanship, the billowing cloud of gunsmoke over the British solder’s heads cannot fail to obscure the exacting details contained herein, such as the clock on the building in the background, the precise architectural lines, and even the little spotted dog in the foreground. Ironically, one of the shops shown among the surrounding buildings is titled “Butcher’s Hall.”

The 1770 engraving, measures 7 15/16  by 8 3/8  inches (image size) and 10 inches tall with the written inscription. Three prints were produced in 1770 of this event. The first by Henry Pelham, the second by Paul Revere and the third by Jonathan Mulliken. The Revere version is the most famous of the three and is a historically important document of the Revolutionary War.

For more information, www.oldprintshop.com or 212-683-3950. Make sure to visit the dealers’ booth at the Winter Antiques Show to see this and other fine Americana. For show information, www.winterantiquesshow.com or 212-987-0446.

-Andrea Valluzzo



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