William Walcutt, Pulling Down the Statue of George III at Bowling Green, July 9, 1776. 1857, oil on canvas, Lafayette College Art Collection.
The statue of King George III by British sculptor Joseph Wilson was dedicated August 16, 1770, at Bowling Green, at the southern tip of Manhattan.
William Walcutt’s 1857 painting depicts the destruction of the monument by New Yorkers and George Washington’s troops following a public reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 9, 1776.
Parts of the equestrian statue were subsequently melted for use as bullets against the British.
(for additional information, see Art Under Attack, Histories of British Iconoclasm, edited by Tabitha Barber and Stacy Boldrick, published by Tate Britain 2013.)