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Bloody Massacre Perpetrated in King Street Boston on March 5th 1770 by a party of the 29th Regt. The, [plus three columns of six lines each and legend below.]

  • ARTIST: Paul Revere

  • MEDIUM: Engraving,

    DATE: 1770.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 7 15/16 x 8 3/8" (201 x 220 mm) with written inscription 10" high (254 mm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Signed within image "Engrav'd Printed & Sold by Paul Revere Boston." Legend continues - First column "Unhappy Boston! see thy Sons deplore, : Thy hallow'd Walks besmear'd with guiltless gore: : While faithless P-n and, his savage Bands, : With murd'rous Rancour stretch their bloody Hands; : Like fierce Barbarians grinning o'er their Prey, : Approve the Carnage and enjoy the Day." Second column "If scalding drops from Rage from Anguish Wrung : If speechless Sorrows lab'ring for a Tongue : Or if a weeping World can ought appease : The plaintive Ghosts of Victims such as these : The Patriot's copious Tears for each are shed. : A glorious Tribute which embalms the Dead." Third column "But know, Fate summons to that awful Goal: : Where Justice strips the Murd'rer of his Soul: : Should venal C--ts the scandal of the Land. : Snatch the relentless Villain from her Hand. : Keen Execrations on this Plate inscrib'd, : Shall reach a Judge who never can be brib'd." Lower legend "The unhappy sufferers were Mess.s Saml Gray, Saml Maverick, Jams Caldwell, Crispus Attucks & Patk Carr : Killed. Six wounded two of them (Christr Monk & John Clark) Mortally." Three prints were produced in 1770 of this event. The first by Henry Pelham, the second by Paul Revere, and the third by Jonathan Mulliken. The Revere is the most famous of the three and is a historically important document of the Revolutionary War.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: On watermarked paper with a fleur de lis in a shield topped by a crown with the letters LVG below. According to Brigham, LVG stands for Lobertus van Gerrevink of Holland. It is actually Lubbert van Gerrevink from Egmond op de Hoef in North-Holland. That being said there is no notation of Lobertus van Gerrevick using a crown just the initials. There is also a note about Lobertus van Gerrevick’s paper being of higher quality so the LVG watermark also began showing up in English and French made paper. In Colonial America paper was imported from England, Holland, France, and Spain although the close ties of the Colonists with England would most likely mean that most of the paper came from England.

  • CONDITION: Fair condition, original color. A good impression of this important and rare print today. Insect damage top right and bottom left with fly specking and dirt, several skillfully repaired tears associated with the watermark, a weaker spot in the paper. Several paper losses in the margins not affecting the image. Text in the top left corner is missing; this is likely just a misprint.

  • REFERENCE: Brigham plate 14.