American Satirical Engraving Regarding England's Declining Stance During the Revolutionary War
American, 19th century. A framed engraving by Benson John Lossing (1813-1891), depicting a cow, an allegory for the assets of the English Empire, surrounded by five figures, including an American representing Congress sawing off the cow's horns, a Dutchman milking the cow and handing bowls of milk to two men (French and Spanish), a distraught Englishman, standing next to a dozing British Lion, mourning the loss of his country's commercial power, with the Imperial Eagle ship stranded near the Philadelphia coastline in the background. This image is a commentary on the lethargic policies of England toward the Colonies during the American Revolutionary War, with an explanatory French text in the lower margin; 8.75 x 10.75 in. (plate size).
The engraving offered here is a later version of the original 1778 English engraving titled A Picturesque View of the State of the Nation for February 1778.