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Représentation du feu terrible à Nouvelle Yorck, que les Américains ont allumé pendant la nuit du 19 Septembre 1776 ... et l'école des pauvres

Author: Basset, André
Publisher: Basset, André
Date: 1777
Location: New York (N.Y.)

Dimensions: 24 x 38 cm.
Scale: Not drawn to scale
Call Number: RICHARD H. BROWN REVOLUTIONARY WAR MAP COLLECTION

 
DESCRIPTION

Attributed to Frenchman André Basset, this print provides a fictional representation of the Great Fire of New York. This fire occurred September 20-21, 1776, less than a week after the British entered the city. In the print, flames and smoke stream from a row of houses as chaos reigns in the streets. Armed soldiers beat civilians, while African slaves carry trunks of goods from looted houses. Consumers could purchase Bassett’s print and view it through a set of lenses to give the image dimension. With these lenses, the backwards title at the top of the scene would appear reversed.

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