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The Hon[ora]ble. John Hancock, Esqr.
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Portrait of John Hancock flanked by a man in armor on one side and on the other side, Liberty, as a woman with a Phrygian cap on a staff, lion, and standing on a soldier with G.R. XXIX on his hat. Above the portrait is an angel sounding a trumpet. Also includes a scroll of the Magna Carta.
The royal American magazine, or Universal repository of instruction and amusement. For March, 1774
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Printed by and for I. Thomas, near the Market ...
Revere based his design on John Singleton Copley's portrait of John Hancock painted in 1765. The supporting frame follows the emblematic vignette bust portrait of Richard, Earl Temple, in The Scots Scourge, vol. 1, [London, 1765]. The text of Hancock's March 5, 1774, oration on the anniversary of the Boston Massacre follows the image in the magazine and can be found at http://www.law.umkc The Liberty cap was based on the Phrygian cap of manumission of Asia Minor which was worn by slaves after they had been freed. It was adopted by the Sons of Liberty in America sometime after the French and Indian War in their rebellion against the British crown. Later as the "bonnet rouge," it became the symbol of the French Revolution. The infamous twenty-ninth British regiment had taken part in the Boston Massacre. Published first by Isaiah Thomas and then Joseph Greenleaf in Boston, this magazine was produced from January 1774 until April 1775 when the war put an end to publication.
Brigham, C.S. Paul Revere's engravings, p. 82-83
Acquired in 1946.
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©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
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Hancock, John, 1737-1793