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The Able Doctor, or America Swallowing the Bitter Draught, engraved by Paul Revere

The Able Doctor, or America Swallowing the Bitter Draught, engraved by Paul Revere


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The Able Doctor, or America Swallowing the Bitter Draught, engraved by Paul Revere

BAL124526 The Able Doctor, or America Swallowing the Bitter Draught, engraved by Paul Revere (1735-1818) for Royal American Magazine, June 1774 (engraving) (b&w photo) by American School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Port Bill passed on 31st March as punishment for Boston Tea Party; Lord Mansfield, Lord Chief Justice; Lord Sandwich, First Lord of the Admiralty; ); American, out of copyright

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The Able Doctor, or America Swallowing the Bitter Draught

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is a powerful and thought-provoking engraving by Paul Revere that captures the turbulent times of pre-revolutionary America. Created for the Royal American Magazine in June 1774, this print showcases Revere's exceptional talent as an artist. The image depicts a scene filled with symbolism and satire. In response to the Boston Tea Party, which led to the passing of the Port Bill on March 31st, several prominent figures are portrayed. Lord Mansfield, Lord Chief Justice, stands tall as Britannia forcefully feeds a bitter draught to America represented by a teapot. This act represents Britain's oppressive measures against its colonies. Revere's attention to detail is evident in every stroke of his engraving. The harbor in the background serves as a reminder of Boston's significance during this period of unrest. The composition exudes tension and resistance while highlighting America's struggle for independence. This artwork not only reflects historical events but also raises questions about power dynamics and colonial oppression. It invites viewers to contemplate themes such as freedom, rebellion, and national identity. As we gaze upon "The Able Doctor" we are transported back in time to witness one of history's defining moments through artistry at its finest. It reminds us that even amidst adversity, resilience can be found – just like America swallowing the bitter draught on its path towards liberty.

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