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A New Method of MACARONY MAKING, as practised at BOSTON.

October 12, 1774
Origin: England, London
OH: 14 1/4" x OW: 10 1/4"
Black and white mezzotint engraving with period hand color
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 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. 12.th 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.
Provenance:Ex coll: H. Dunscombe Colt.