State of the English Nation
Anonymous, British, 18th century British
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.