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Ready-Aim by Larry Rivers

Ready-Aim by Larry Rivers

© Estate of Larry Rivers / VAGA at ARS, NY and DACS, London 2019

His subject matter was inspired by popular culture, as were works by R.B. Kitaj, and Andy Warhol also in the University Collection. This screenprint is number 5 of a portfolio of 13 entitled Boston Massacre. On the 5th March 1770 in Boston town, British soldiers shot into an angry mob of men and boys who were taunting a British sentry standing guard at the city's customs house. Four were killed instantly, one died four days later and six were wounded. The presence of British troops in Boston had been a sore point for some time and this instance fuelled the rallying cry of the patriots. This series visually fragments the story of the Boston Massacre weaving other personal and historical narratives into it.

(Full details of the Boston Massacre suite can be viewed on: https://www.tate.org.uk/search?q=Boston+Massacre)