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My country 'tis of thee, Sweet land of Liberty

Print
1971 (designed), 1971 (issued)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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'.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Colour lino-cut print
Brief Description
Colour linocut. Designed by Paul Peter Piech. My country 'tis of thee, Sweet land of Liberty, 1971.
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'.
Dimensions
  • Height: 75.7cm
  • Width: 52.2cm
Measurements taken from: 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
Marks and Inscriptions
'My country ‘tis of thee, Sweet land of Liberty' (Lettered below the image in a cursive font.)
Object history
This poster was designed to protest against racial prejudice in America.
Historical context
'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.
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic Reference
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
Other Number
30/E12 - V&A microfiche
Collection
Accession Number
E.557-1975

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record createdJune 30, 2009
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