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The Tea-Tax-Tempest, or Old Time with his Magick Lanthern

Anonymous, British, 18th century
William Humphrey (British, 1742?–before 1814)
Published in:
March 12, 1783
plate: 8 13/16 x 12 13/16 in. (22.4 x 32.5 cm) sheet: 9 5/8 x 13 3/16 in. (24.5 x 33.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Huntington, 1883
Accession Number:
Not on view
This print is a reduced and altered copy of an allegorical mezzotint by John Dixon, published in London in 1774, just before the American Revolution. Father Time holds up a magic lantern (an early image projector) to reveal a view of the destruction of Britain, as America sits in the shadows. The present image is less heavily shaded than its source, and a large text bubble has been added next to Time, saying, "There you see the little Hot Spit Fire Tea pot that has done all the Mischief - There you see the Old British Lion basking before the American Bon Fire whilst the French Cock is blowing up a Storm about his Ears to Destroy him and his young Welpes - there you See Miss America grasping at the Cap of Liberty - There you see The British Forces be yok'd and be cramp'd flying before the Congress Men - There you see the thirteen Stripes and Rattle-Snake exalted - There you see the Stamp'd Paper help to Make the Pot Boil - There you See &c &c &c."
Inscription: In plate: "Pub. March 12, 1783 by W. Humphreys[sic]. No. 227 Strand"
William Henry Huntington; Donor: William Henry Huntington
British Museum Satires 6190
Frederic George Stephens, M. Dorothy George Catalogue of political and personal satires preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum. 11 vols., London, 1870-, vol. V., no. 6190.