Libertas Americana. 4 Juil. 1776 Non sine Diis animosus...

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Design drawing executed not later than September 1782 by Esprit-Antoine Gibelin shows Minerva (representing France) standing, leaning forward, holding a spear in raised right hand and a shield, with a fleur-de-lis design, in her left hand, preventing a lioness (representing Great Britain) from attacking Hercules who is astride a cradle at Minerva's feet and holding a snake in each hand (representing the victories over General Bougoyne at the Battle of Saratoga "17 Octobre '77" and General Cornwallis at the Battle of Yorktown "19 Octobre '81").
Gibelin, Esprit-Antoine, 1739-1813, artist
  • Design drawings--1780-1790.
  • Ink drawings--French--1780-1790.
  • 1 drawing : ink, ink wash ; 28.8 x 29.3 cm.
  • Title from item.
  • Benjamin Franklin collaborated in the design of the medal in Paris.
  • Drawing on paper and mounted on three sheets of paper that may be from a shipping manifest.
  • Purchase; Peter Harrington; 2010; (DLC/PP-2010:159).
  • Exhibited in: "Creating the United States," the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 2011-2012.
  • Vender : Peter Harrington, antiquarian bookseller.

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