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

Libertas Americana. 4 Juil. 1776 Non sine Diis animosus infans / / dessin de la medaille des etats unis de l'amerique compose par A.E. Gibelin en 1783.
1 drawing : ink, ink wash ; 28.8 x 29.3 cm.
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").
  • 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.
  • Miscellaneous Items in High Demand
  • Minerva (Roman deity)--1780-1790.
  • Hercules (Roman mythology)--1780-1790.
  • Lions--1780-1790.
  • Medals--1780-1790.
  • International relations--France--1780-1790.
  • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Commemoration.
  • Design drawings--1780-1790.
  • Ink drawings--French--1780-1790.
Gibelin, Esprit-Antoine, 1739-1813, artist
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