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  • Attributed to: James Gillray; Publisher: William Humphrey
  • London, England
  • April 12, 1782
  • Black and White Etching
  • 1960-99

The lower margin reads: "The AMERICAN RATTLE SNAKE./ Britons within the Yankeean Plains,/ Mind how ye March & Trench,/ The Serpent in the Congress reigns,/ As well as in the French./ Pub.d April 1782, by W. Humphrey, N.o 227 Strand."

A simply designed satire, believed to be the work of Gillray, depicts the American rattlesnake, formerly shown disjointed as a symbol of the rebelling colonies, now whole and coiled into three sections. An exposed tongue is inscribed:

Two British Armies I have thus Burgoyn'd,

And room for more I've got behind.

British soldiers representing the surrendering forces of Burgoyne and Cornwallis are surrounded by two snake circles. The remaining tail section is empty and advertises: "An Apartment to lett for Military Gentlemen."

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