William Nyberg submitted this note about a new review of his book on engraver Robert Scot. -Editor
I would like to share information of an excellent book review by Martin R. Clagett on my biography, Robert Scot: Engraving Liberty.
It was recently published in Eighteenth-Century Scotland, the annual publication of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society, "an
interdisciplinary and international society examining all aspects of 18th-century Scottish culture and society." The review exposes to academic
historians the role of Robert Scot as Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, along with his vast accomplishments in other areas of engraving for
important events within early America.
A brief excerpt:
"William Nyberg has highlighted some very interesting points in regard to the role of the engraver in the narrative of the
American Revolution and the New Republic. Nyberg takes particular aim at the immigrant Scottish community and how artisans and merchants
from the old country promoted both the ideas of freedom and the basic tenants of the Scottish Enlightenment in their new homeland. He
does this all through the agency of Robert Scot.
"The book includes a well-organized and well-arranged set of appendices that effectively demonstrate the areas in which Scot
operated, his importance to the history of the Early Republic, and the ways in which he stimulated resistance to the British, support for
the Republic, and interest is Scottish philosophy, history, and literature."
"Nyberg draws attention to the importance of symbolic images in order to convey a persuasive message, ensure domestic
tranquility, and advance the interest of the new nation. Almost from the moment he arrived in Virginia, Scot used his skills as an
engraver to turn paper currency into a vehicle for propaganda and conciliation while, at the same time, deterring the efforts of
counterfeiters. In 1776 his note worth Fifteen Spanish Milled Dollars advertised a conquering Virtus subduing a vanquished monarch with
the inscription Sic Semper Tyrannis."
The website for Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society:
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
NEW BOOK: ROBERT SCOT - ENGRAVING LIBERTY
NEW BOOK: ROBERT SCOT NOW PUBLISHED
Wayne Homren, Editor
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