Worthy of Liberty, M.r Pitt scorns to invade the Liberties of other People.
OH: 23 1/2" x OW: 15 1/4"
Black and white mezzotint engraving
Acc. No. 1953-747
The lower margin reads: "Cha.s Wilson Peale pinx et fecit./ Worthy of Liberty, M.r Pitt scorns to invade the Liberties of other People."
William Pitt, attired as a Roman consul (in a tunic and toga), stands before an altar with a burning flame, the symbol of the sacred cause of liberty. In his left hand he holds the "Magna Charta" and right arm points toward a statue of woman, British liberty, supressing the petition of the New York congress for repeal of the Stamp Act. On the pedestal of the statue is the figure of an American Indian watching England's disregard for her colonies' welfare. The altar is adorned with bust heads of Algeron Sidney and Richard Hampden, famous seventeenth century writers and defenders of liberty.
Provenance:Sold in the sale of the Frederick R. Halsey collection by the Anderson Galleries in 1916. "One of the scarest and most important examples of early American engraving." Sold for $415.