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TITLE:  The American rattle snake CALL NUMBER:  PC 1 - 5973 (A size) [P&P] REPRODUCTION NUMBER:  LC-DIG-ppmsca-23664 (digital file from original item)LC-USZC4-4598 (color film copy transparency)LC-USZ62-1531 (b&w film copy neg.) RIGHTS INFORMATION:  No known restrictions on publication. SUMMARY:  Cartoon shows "American" snake, the emblem used by Americans as a device on their flag before the adoption of the stars and stripes, with two of three coils around units of British soldiers, commanded by Burgoyne and Cornwallis at time of their surrender. Gillray is lampooning the British war effort. The verse printed below the image reflects the widespread sympathy in England for the American cause. MEDIUM:  1 print : etching. CREATED/PUBLISHED:  [London] : Pubd. by W. Humphrey, No. 227 Strand, 1782 April 12th. CREATOR: Gillray, James, 1756-1815, artist. NOTES: Title from item. Attributed to Gillray. Inscribed in ink, in the center and right coils of the snake: "Prisoners of war." DLC Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 5, no. 5973 Forms part of: British Cartoon Prints Collection (Library of Congress). Published in: The American Revolution in drawings and prints; a checklist of 1765-1790 graphics in the Library of Congress / Compiled by Donald H. Cresswell, with a foreword by Sinclair H. Hitchings. Washington : [For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off.], 1975, no. 812. Published in: Eyes of the nation : A visual history of the United States / Vincent Virga, Curators of the Library of Congress, Alan Brinkley. New York : Knopf, 1997. Exhibited in: Creating the United States, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 2009. SUBJECTS: Snakes--1780-1790. Surrenders--British--Virginia--Yorktown--1780-1790. Yorktown (Va.)--History--Siege, 1781. United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Surrenders--British. FORMAT: Cartoons (Commentary) British 1780-1790.Etchings 1780-1790. REPOSITORY:  Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA DIGITAL ID:  (digital file from original item) ppmsca 23664 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.23664 (digital file from color film copy transparency) cph 3g04598 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3g04598 (digital file from b&w film copy neg.) cph 3a05322 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a05322 CONTROL #:  96510312


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