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Plate II. A View of the Town of Concord
1775
Printmaker:Etched by Amos Doolittle , American, 1754 - 1832
After a work by:After a work by Ralph Earl , American, 1751 - 1801
Engraving; printer's ink and watercolor on laid paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 11 1/2 x 17 3/4in. (29.2 x 45.1cm)
Credit Line: Gift of John C. Parsons
Gallery Copy: Amos Doolittle's etching of The Town of Concord depicts the British troops marching along the Battle Road on April 19, 1775, while their officers look on from a nearby cemetery. This print is one of the most important contemporary views of the beginnings of the American Revolution. Doolittle traveled to Lexington and Concord from his home in New Haven, Connecticut, shortly after the battles in order to view the sites and obtain eyewitness accounts of the action.
Description: Two soldiers wearing British military uniforms stand in a cemetery on a hill. One man holds a spyglass or telescope to his eye. Below, British troops march in formation along a road behind a stone wall. Additional troops are on other roads in the village. Frame houses, fields, and trees are in the background.
Historical note: Amos Doolittle and Ralph Earl purportedly visited the battlefields and Lexington and Concord shortly after the events of April 15, 1775. Doolittle's four plates accurately depict the sites and of the battles and reflect the accounts of eyewitnesses interviewed by the two artists. Together with Paul Revere's print of the Boston Massacre, they are the most important early American prints depicting contemporary events. Such prints were extremely uncommon in the eighteenth century. Dimensions Note: Print is matted, framed and glazed. Platemark and the edges of the sheet are not visible. Image size was estimated through glass and may not be precise. Print should be remeasured when removed from frame.
Inscription: On recto, inscribed in plate, lower margin, "1. Company of the Regulars marching into Concord. / 2. Companies of Regulars drawn up in order. / 3. A Detachment destroying the Provincials Stores. / 4. Colonel Smith and Major Pitcairn viewing the Provincials / who were mustering on an East Hill in Concord. / 6. The Townhouse. 7. The Meetinghouse."
Object Number: 1844.10.2
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