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British Political Cartoon - The Bostonians in Distress

British Political Cartoon-The Bostonians in Distress

This British political cartoon in mezzotint—"The Bostonians in Distress"—was published by Sayer and Bennett in reaction to the events, in Boston, following the "Tea Party."

Originally published on November 19, 1774, it represents growing tensions between the American Colonies and Britain from the British point-of-view.

We can learn more about the context of this cartoon—attributed, although not definitively, to John Marlin Will (from Augsburg)—from Rebellion and Reconciliation: Satirical Prints on the Revolution at Williamsburg. Here is how the author of that work, Joan Dolmetsch, puts it:

Immediately after the tea party the British closed the port of Boston, which greatly concerned the other colonies, most Englishmen, and also friendly European nations. When other colonies attempted to send supplies, the English quickly stationed more troops in the area to enforce the blockade.
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The maker [likely John Marlin Will] has symbolized the closing of the port by placing the Bostonians in a cage suspended from the Liberty Tree. Three men in a small boat are attempting to feed the hungry citizens with fish placed on the ends of long poles that are then thrust through the bars.

British soldiers on the shore are supported by cannons, and the ships in the harbor symbolize the continued blockage. (See Joan D. Dolmetsch, Rebellion and Reconciliation: Satirical Prints on the Revolution at Williamsburg published, in Williamsburg, Virginia during 1976, at page 69.)

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Media Credits

Image online, courtesy the U.S. National Archives, image 148-GW-437.

 

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