Mid 1800s

Boston Massacre Bayonets

This image was created by Alonzo Chappel.

The unusual thing to notice in this image is that the colonists are surrounding the British. The British army still outnumbers the colonists, but here they at least appear to be trying their best to fight back with sticks in their hands. They still look weak compared to the soldiers because they don’t bear any arms like the army does. The setting of the image is also different; while some depictions make it appear like the Massacre took place during the day, here it looks like it happened during evening time. Looking at the colonists' faces, we can note the anger and aggression which we usually don’t see in any other images. On the other hand, the British soldiers look stiff and emotionless.