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Dawe, Philip (ca. 1750-1785) The Bostonian's Paying the Excise-man, or Tarring & Feathering

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04961.01 Author/Creator: Dawe, Philip (ca. 1750-1785) Place Written: London, England Type: Print Date: 31 October 1774 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Engraving attributed to Philip Dawe, with hand-coloring. Shows the Boston Tea Party in the background, a "Liberty Tree" with a paper "Stamp Act" affixed upside-down, with five unsavory Bostonians forcibly pouring a pot of tea into the mouth of a tarred and feathered tea excise collector. Printed for Robert Sayer and J. Bennett, October 24, 1774. Dawe was a British mezzotint engraver.

People: Dawe, Philip, ca. 1750-1785.
Sayer, Robert, 1725-1794.
Robert Sayer and John Bennett (Firm).

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Propaganda, Politics, Boston Tea Party, Stamp Act, Revolutionary War, Taxes or Taxation, Mobs and Riots, Government and Civics, Liberty

Sub Era: Road to Revolution