Liberty (in the Form of the Goddess of Youth; Giving Support To the Bald Eagle) Digital History ID 2415|
Credit: Library of Congress
Media type: engraving
Museum Number: LC-USZ62-15369
Annotation: This image depicts an allegory of American liberty. Liberty is represented by a young woman in a windblown diaphanous dress and garlanded with flowers in the form of the goddess Hebe, who is offering a cup to a swooping eagle, symbol of the proud new nation, descending from the upper left. Floating in the sky are the liberty cap mounted on the pole of the American flag. Under her right foot Liberty tramples implements of English tyranny, including chains, scepter, key, and medal. At the bottom right of the image behind a column, the viewer can see the town of Boston, with lightning in the sky overhead.
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