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America guided by wisdom : an allegorical representation of the United States, denoting their Independence and prosperity

Author: Benjamin Tanner; John James Barralet
Publisher: [Philadelphia, ca. 1820]
Edition/Format:   Image : Graphic : Original artwork   Archival Material : English
Database:WorldCat
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An allegorical print celebrating American independence and prosperity. The artist has used figures of Roman deities (Minerva, Ceres, and Mercury) and symbols such as beehives and horns of plenty to personify industry, economic well-being, and wisdom. America is symbolized by a woman in Grecian dress and feathered helmut bearing a shield with the arms of the United States. She is being instructed by Minerva, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Allegorical prints
Engravings
Pictorial works
Named Person: Ceres, (Roman deity)
Material Type: Graphic, Original artwork
Document Type: Visual material, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Tanner; John James Barralet
OCLC Number: 47728000
Notes: Text under print and on either side of printed title gives a detailed description of the imagery employed: "DESCRIPTION. On the fore ground, Minerva, the Goddess of Wisdom, is pointing to a Shield, supported by the Genius of America, bearing the Arms of the United States, with the motto UNION AND INDEPENDENCE, by which the country enjoys the prosperity signified by the horn of plenty at the feet of America. The second ground is occupied by a Triumphal Arch with an Equestrian Statue of WASHINGTON placed in front, indicating the progress and improvement of the liberal arts. On the third ground, Commerce is represented by the figure of Mercury, with one foot resting on bales of American manufactures, pointing out the advantages of encouraging and protecting Navigation, (signified by an armed vessel, &c. under sail) to Ceres, who is seated with implements of Agriculture near her. The Bee Hive is emblematic of industry; and the female spinning at the cottage door, shews the first and most useful of domestic manufacturers."
After a drawing or watercolor of the same title by John James Barralet which was first exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1813.
A variant of this print cited in Stauffer (#3115) gives the publisher and engraver as Tanner, Vallance, Kearny & Co. No. 10 Liberty St. Philadelphia / Printed by W.B. Acock.
Same state as Fowble #324.
Description: 1 print on wove paper : engraving, b&w ; image 39 x 57 cm., sheet 44 x 61 cm.
Responsibility: drawn by John J. Barralett ; engraved by B. Tanner.

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An allegorical print celebrating American independence and prosperity. The artist has used figures of Roman deities (Minerva, Ceres, and Mercury) and symbols such as beehives and horns of plenty to personify industry, economic well-being, and wisdom. America is symbolized by a woman in Grecian dress and feathered helmut bearing a shield with the arms of the United States. She is being instructed by Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, invention, the arts, and martial prowess. To the right an equestrian statue of Washington stands in front of a building with Corinthian columns signifying, according to the text below, American advancements in learning and the arts.

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