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State of the English Nation

Anonymous, British, 18th century
W. M. Jackson (London)
August 1, 1778
Etching and engraving
plate: 7 11/16 x 10 5/16 in. (19.6 x 26.2 cm) sheet: 9 5/8 x 12 1/2 in. (24.5 x 31.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Huntington, 1883
Accession Number:
Not on view
This print copies one first published in the Westminster Magazine on March 1, 1778 as "A Picturesque View of the State of the Nation." Explanatory text is now in French and the imagery includes a cow (English commerce), whose horns are being sawn off by a Native American (the American Congress), and milked by a Dutchman who gives shares to a Frenchman and a Spaniard. The British lion sleeps while a Free Englishman wrings his hands. In the background General William Howe and Admiral Richard Howe sit near Philadelphia, with the latter's flag ship "The Eagle," beached and unready for action.
William Henry Huntington; Donor: William Henry Huntington
British Museum Satires 5726A
Frederic George Stephens, M. Dorothy George Catalogue of political and personal satires preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum. 11 vols., London, 1870-, vol. V, no. 5726A.