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Print - My country 'tis of thee, Sweet land of Liberty
  • My country 'tis of thee, Sweet land of Liberty
    Piech, Paul Peter, born 1920 - died 1996
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My country 'tis of thee, Sweet land of Liberty

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1971 (designed)
    1971 (issued)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Piech, Paul Peter, born 1920 - died 1996 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lino-cut print

  • Museum number:

    E.557-1975

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 72, box A

Physical description

Colour lino-cut poster depicting two figures trapped behind vertical bars which have been formed by the red stripes of the national flag of the United States of America (the flag displayed in portrait orientation). Lettered below the image in a cursive font: 'My country ‘tis of thee, Sweet land of Liberty'.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)

Date

1971 (designed)
1971 (issued)

Artist/maker

Piech, Paul Peter, born 1920 - died 1996 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lino-cut print

Marks and inscriptions

'My country ‘tis of thee, Sweet land of Liberty'
Lettered below the image in a cursive font.

Dimensions

Height: 75.7 cm, Width: 52.2 cm

Object history note

This poster was designed to protest against racial prejudice in America.

Historical context note

'My Country, 'Tis of Thee' (also known as 'America') is an American patriotic song, that song served as a de facto national anthem of the United States before the adoption of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' as the official anthem.

Descriptive line

Colour linocut. Designed by Paul Peter Piech. My country 'tis of thee, Sweet land of Liberty, 1971.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Summary Catalogue of British Posters to 1988 in the Victoria & Albert Museum in the Department of Design, Prints & Drawing. Emmett Publishing, 1990. 129 p. ISBN: 1 869934 12 1

Techniques

Colour lino-cut

Subjects depicted

Imprisonment; Racism; Protest; The American flag

Categories

Prints; Politics; Black History; Posters; Printmaking techniques

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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