AMOS DOOLITTLE (AMERICAN 1754-1832). RARE ALLEGORICAL ENGRAVING “AMERICA” MEMORIALIZING REVOLUTIONARY WAR HEROES, CIRCA 1781.
Subtitled “To Perpetuate to Posterity the Memory of those Patriotic Heroes who Fought, Bled & Died in Establishing Peace, Liberty & Tranquility to their Country.” Depicting America kneeling at the base of an obelisk in memory of the fallen heroes Warren, Montgomery, Wooster and Mercer. The figure of Peace descends from the sky, while Virtue, Liberty, Concord, Industry and Plenty pay their respects. Stipple engraving handcolored in blue-green and sepia by Amos Doolittle after the Joseph Strutt engraving, London, 1781, based on a 1778 painting by Robert Edge Pine. Signed “A. Doolittle Sculp Newhaven” in the plate, l.r. Sheet 18 ¼ x 23 ¼ inches, sight. Frame 21 x 26 inches.
Literature: David McNeely Stauffer, “American Engravers Upon Copper and Steel: Check-List of the Work of the Earlier Engravers,” 1907, p. 90, no. 522.Note: Only a small number of this engraving are known to survive- one in the collection of the Library of Congress, another in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a third, descended in the Doolittle family, sold at Hart Galleries, Houston, Texas, Sept. 11, 2005, lot 547.