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Prints and Drawings
Artist: Paul Revere, American, 1735–1818

The Bloody Massacre Perpetrated in King-Street Boston on March 5th 1770 by a Party of the 29th Regt.

1770

Hand-colored engraving

11 1/2 × 9 3/4 in. (29.2 × 24.8 cm)
The John Hill Morgan, B.A. 1893, LL.B. 1896, M.A. (Hon.) 1929, Collection.
1943.87
The presence of British troops in colonial Boston had long been a point of contention within the city. On the night of March 5, 1770, a mob of local men and boys taunted a British sentry standing guard at Boston’s customs house. When other soldiers came to the sentry’s aid, a skirmish ensued and shots were fired into the angry crowd. Businessman-turned-politician Samuel Adams recognized the power of this conflict as a political tool to whip up anti-British sentiment among the colonists, and urged silversmith-patriot Paul Revere to prepare an engraving of the scene for publication in the Boston Gazette. The event would come to be recognized as one of the major incidents leading up to the Revolutionary War—the Boston Massacre.
Geography: 
Made in United States
Status: 
By appointment
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Bibliography: 

Helen A. Cooper et al., Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2008), 3, 22, 64, 74–75, no. 27, ill.

“Paul Revere’s Philip, King of Mount Hope, from Thomas Church’s The Entertaining History of King Philip’s War: A Conservator’s Analysis,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2013): 123–124, fig. 5.

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