The Comics Journal had an interesting feature called the “swipes file” where they showed two comics or cartoons by different creators with very similar formatting. In that spirit, I offer a series of mash-ups (or possibly swipes) on similar topics from some of my archival research.
We already know that Paul Revere is a copy-cat, but for serious:
Courtesy of the Library of Congress: Cartoon shows Lord North, with the “Boston Port Bill” extending from a pocket, forcing tea (the Intolerable Acts) down the throat of a partially draped Native female figure representing “America” whose arms are restrained by Lord Mansfield, while Lord Sandwich, a notorious womanizer, restrains her feet and peeks up her skirt. Britannia, standing behind “America”, turns away and shields her face with her left hand. Illustration from London Magazine, Vol. 43, May 1774, page 184.
Courtesy of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center: This original London cartoon of the Boston Tea Party was made famous when Paul Revere copied it for his American version.
In: ”The Royal American magazine, …” Boston: Printed by and for I. Thomas, Vol. I, No. X, June 1774.
Addendum – added from a Facebook chat with KB:
“The Death of General Wolfe” by Benjamin West, 1770
“The Sortie Made by the Garrison of Gibraltar 1789” by John Trumbull
Revised moral of the story: People are always dying in pictures and ripping off art history tropes. Another example:
“The Raft of the Medusa” by Théodore Géricault, 1818-19