A design to represent the beginning and completion of an American settlement or farm

Description

In this etching the American scenery is presented as picturesque. In the foreground, early pioneering is represented by a cluster of tepees, a log cabin, a water-powered sawmill and figures stripping trunks of their branches, cutting them into planks and stacking and loading them into boats. The completed farm, with a framed house, outbuildings and cleared fields, appears surrounded by pleasure gardens as part of a rolling estate at right in the background. Both sides are connected by the river, which alludes to trade and its associated prosperity. This celebration of the transformation of forests into farmland provides an idealised model of social and economic relations in a colonial setting also developed in Pownall’s writings on the ‘civilising spirit’ of the American farmer. 

Full title:
Eight views in North America and the West Indies / A design to represent the beginning and completion of an American settlement or farm
Published:
1761, London
Format:
Etching / View
Creator:
Paul Sandby, Thomas Pownall
Copyright:
© Trustees of the British Museum
Usage terms
Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike licence
Held by
The British Museum
Shelfmark:
British Museum: 1873,0809.374

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