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Political Cartoon: Eighteenth-century Revolutionary War Woodblock | Don't Tread on Me

Political Cartoon: Eighteenth-century Revolutionary War Woodblock | Don't Tread on Me

Political Cartoon: Eighteenth-century Revolutionary War Woodblock | Don't Tread on Me

Political Cartoon: Eighteenth-century Revolutionary War Woodblock

"Don't Tread on Me." [American colonies, ca. 1775]


Original carved boxwood block (76 x 98 mm); accompanied by a modern impression of the block. Uniformly framed. 


The present political cartoon, depicting a rattlesnake on a striped flag, symbolized the American Revolution as this serpent gave fair warning, but was deadly in its strike. Similar imagery and mottoes adorned several flags throughout the War.


PROVENANCE:

Sotheby's New York, 26 June 2001, lot 152 (undesignated consignor)

Original carved boxwood block (76 x 98 mm); accompanied by a modern impression of the block. Uniformly framed.


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