Exhibitions/ Art Object

The Patriotick Barber of New York, or the Captain in Suds

Artist:
Attributed to Philip Dawe (British, 1745?–?1809)
Publisher:
R. Sayer and J. Bennett (London)
Date:
February 14, 1775
Medium:
Mezzotint
Dimensions:
plate: 14 x 9 15/16 in. (35.5 x 25.2 cm) sheet: 17 1/2 x 11 1/8 in. (44.5 x 28.3 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Bequest of Charles Allen Munn, 1924
Accession Number:
24.90.34
Not on view
In this print, issued in London the year before the outbreak of the American Revolution, Captain John Crozer, commander of a British ship, has been recognized in the barbershop of Jacob Vredenburgh, a New York Son of Liberty who refuses to finish shaving him. The subject demonstrates how New Yorkers refused to cooperate with British troops garrisoned in the city from the autumn of 1774. When the story reached England it inspired this print. The following verse is printed below the image: "Then Patriot grand, maintain thy Stand,/ And whilst thou sav'st Americ's Land,/ Preserve the Golden Rule;--/ Forbid the Captains there to roam,/ Half shave them first; then send 'em home,/ Objects of ridicule."
Inscription: In plate: "Plate III"
Donor: Charles Allen Munn
British Museum Satires V.5284; Halsey, Sale xix & 215
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