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An exact view of the late battle at Charlestown, June 17th, 1775

Bernard Romans (American (born Holland) 1720–1784 Massachusetts (?))
ca. 1775
Etching with hand coloring
sheet: 11 7/8 x 16 5/8 in. (30.1 x 42.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Charles Allen Munn, 1924
Accession Number:
Not on view
This rare early American print depicts a conflict often referred to as the Battle of Bunker Hill. Near the start of the American Revolution, the action took place on the Charlestown Peninsula, north of Boston Harbor and involved 2,400 British troops commanded by Major General Howe ranged against 1,500 Americans of the Continental Army under General Artemas Ward and General Israel Putnam. Here, straight ranks of colonial troops in blue face the advancing red-coated British, with a glimpse of Boston shown at right and Charlestown burning at left.
Inscription: Inscribed in plate lower right: "B. Romans in Ære incidet"; lower center: "An Exact View of The Late Battle at Charlestown June 17th 1775"; above image: "References / 1. Boston / 2. Charlestown / 3. Breed's hill / 4. Provincial Brestworks / 5. Retreating Regulars / 6. Frigate. / 7. Somerset / 8. Broken Officer / 9. General Putnam"
H. Wunderlich & Co.; Charles Allen Munn (American, 1859-1924), purchased 1904 from the preceding; Donor: Charles Allen Munn
Stauffer 2731; Stokes and Haskell 1775–B-91
Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes, Daniel C. Haskell American historical prints, early views of American cities, etc. : from the Phelps Stokes and other collections. 1932, cat. no. 1775–B-91.

American Paintings & Historical Prints from the Middendorf Collection. Ex. cat., The Baltimore Museum of Art, July 9-Sept. 24, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oct. 4-Nov. 26. 1967, Version in the Middendorf collection., cat. no. 63, p. 92, ill.

David McNeeley Stauffer, Mantle Fielding, Thomas Hovey Gage American Engravers upon Copper and Steel. 1994, vol. II, p. 451, no. 2731.

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