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]).