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Pulling Down Statue of George III by the “Sons of Freedom”

This engraving shows the New York–based “Sons of Freedom,” a group of colonists dissatisfied with British Parliament and King George III’s taxes and duties on the American colonies, pulling down a statue of the much-hated monarch. By the 1770s, this type of activity had become very common, as colonists began to demand representation of their interests in Parliament.

Credit: Pulling Down Statue of George III by the “Sons of Freedom” at the Bowling Green, City of New York, July 1776, painted by Johannes A. Oertel, engraved by John C. McRae. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division (reproduction number LC-USZ62-2455 [B&W film copy negative]).