Apr 15, 2021 - Sale 2564

Sale 2564 - Lot 18

Price Realized: $ 1,875
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,200 - $ 1,800
(REVOLUTION--PRELUDE.) The Able Doctor, or America Swallowing the Bitter Draught. Engraving, 5 x 7 1/2 inches; minor creasing and soiling, pencil memoranda on verso. [London, May 1774]

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A satirical British reaction to the Boston Tea Party, as published in the London Magazine and soon copied by Paul Revere. An American Indian is attacked by four British ministers, who forcibly pour tea down her throat. "A Frenchman and Spaniard look on, while Britannia weeps. In the foreground a Boston Petition lies torn on the ground, and in the background the British fleet is bombarding Boston"--Cresswell 664 ("another impression"). Shadwell 38; see also Brigham's Revere, pages 117-118. Provenance: Swann sale, 18 March 2010, lot 32.