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 James Brown Marston, The Old State House [Boston] (1801),
courtesy of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
In this rare painting by the otherwise relatively unknown Marston, we see commerce at work in Boston's traditional center, only a few years after the seat of government had moved to the New State House on Beacon Hill. Royall Tyler hailed from the Boston of this era.
 Anonymous, The First Step [Godey's Lady's Book] (1858),
courtesy of Hope Greenberg, University of Vermont.
These homespun Americans are similar to the characters in Royall Tyler's The Contrast, the first American comedy played in public by professional actors.
 Gilbert Stuart, George Washington [Photograph of a painting] (1900),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-D416-29910].
The figure of Washington quickly became central to the new nation's understanding of itself. Colonel Manly in Royall Tyler's The Contrast may have been modeled after Washington.
 Bruce Michelson, Interview: "Old World Ties" (2001),
courtesy of Annenberg Media.
Bruce Michelson, professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, discusses the relationship of the Old World to America, a theme that underlies Royall Tyler's The Contrast.
 Candour, Review of The Contrast, from the New York Daily Advertiser (1787).
This contemporary review of Royall Tyler's The Contrast was published in the New York Daily Advertiser in 1787.
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