An imaginary view of American revolutionary soldiers, assisted by free blacks and slaves, pulling down the statue of King George III at Broadway and Bowling Green, in New York on July 9, 1776 (the lead statue was later hauled to Connecticut and melted down to create bullets and guns). The architecture is derived from European sources and the print is part a series engraved in Augsburg and sold internationally.The work was intended to be shown on a wall or screen using a "magic lantern", an optical device that projected the image by means of candles and mirrors. A type of print are also known as a "Vue d'Optique."
Inscription: Below image left: "Die Zerstorung der Koniglichen Bild Saule u Neu Yorck"; below image right: "La Destruction De La Statue Royale A Nouvelle Yorck"; at center above bottom edge: "A Paris chez Basset Rue St. Jacques"
Charles Allen Munn; Donor: Charles Allen Munn
Stokes, Iconography I.217 (version issued in Augsburg, 1776)