The Patriotick Barber of New York, or the Captain in Suds
Attributed to Philip Dawe (British, 1745?–?1809)
R. Sayer and J. Bennett (London)
February 14, 1775
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)
Bequest of Charles Allen Munn, 1924
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: Inscribed in plate below image: title and verses; "London. Printed for R. Sayer & J. Bennett, No. 53 Fleet Street, as the Act directs, 14 Feb.1775"; lower left: "Plate III"
Frank T. Sabin (London); Charles Allen Munn (American, 1859-1924), purchased 1906 from the preceding; Donor: Charles Allen Munn
British Museum Satires 5284
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, cat. no. 5284.
Anderson Galleries, New York, Frederic R. Halsey Frederick R. Halsey Collection of Prints. Parts I-XIII Anderson Galleries, New York. 1916–19, Part I, third session, Nov. 3, 1916, p. 88, lot 654 (not MMA copy).
Joan D. Dolmetsch, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Rebellion and reconciliation: satirical prints on the Revolution at Williamsburg. 1976, cat. no. 32.