Print, A New Method of Macarony Making

In order to interact with this document, you must have the latest version of the Macromedia Flash Player.
Download Flash or View the Document

  • Publisher: Carington Bowles
  • London, England
  • October 12, 1774
  • Black and White Mezzotint Engraving
  • 1960-127

The lower margin reads: "A New Method of MACARONY MAKING, as practised at BOSTON./ For the Custom House Officers landing the Tea,/ They Tarr'd him, and Feather'd him, just as you see,/ And they drench'd him so well both behind and before,/ That he begg'd for God's sake they would drench him no more./ Printed for Carington Bowles, at his Map & Print Warehouse, N.o 69 in S.t Pauls Church Yard, London. Publish'd as the Act directs, Oct. 1774." John Malcolmb, a British customs official in Boston, is shown receiving a typical eighteenth century punishment: tarring and feathering. Once covered, he is lead to the gallows on the edge of town and forced to drink a prodigious quantity of tea. The two men in charge of administering the punishment wear hats adorned with the Sons of Liberty symbols. Behind is a gallows with a broken rope, suggesting that the victim has already endured a partial hanging. the man with the teapot wears a large plain hat, the figure "45" written large on both the crown and the upturned brim. The other Bostonian holds a club over his left shoulder, and a large favor in his hat showing that he is one of the Sons of liberty. Both men look grinning at their victim; both wear striped breeches. Trees form the background of the right.

Browse Content By Theme