The Able Doctor, or America Swallowing the Bitter Draught, engraving, London,
May 1774. Estimate: $600 to 900.
A satirical print of the original Tea Party comes to auction in Swann's Printed & Manuscript Americana sale on Thursday, March 18th. The British reaction to the Boston Tea Party, The Able Doctor, or America Swallowing the Bitter Draught, was published in the London Magazine in May 1774. In the etching, four British ministers attack an American Indian by pouring tea down her throat.
Another image of the Boston Tea Party is included in a set of 11 early German images of the American Revolution, produced for insertion in the "Historisch-genealogischer Calender ... fuer 1784."
Labels: American Revolution, Boston Tea Party, printed and manuscript americana, Rick Stattler