America, from the Set of Figures “Four Quarters of the Globe”

This figure represents one of the four continents known to man during the late eighteenth century. Each is dressed in accordance with established notions about the traditional garb of the people of his or her continent and is surrounded by objects or animals indigenous to the region. Europe, the queen of all continents, wears a […]

Charles Lee (1731-1782) Major-General of the Continental Army in America

The English-born Charles Lee (1731-1782) was a controversial officer in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. A seasoned military man, Lee was reportedly incensed when he was passed over for the position of Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army in favor of George Washington. Lee’s animosity toward Washington eventually led to his arrest and court […]