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What is this my Son Tom.

June 24, 1774
Origin: Great Britain, England, London
OH: 14 1/8" x OW: 10 1/2"; Plate H: 13 5/8" x W: 9 7/8"
Black and white mezzotint engraving with period hand color
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1941-8
The lower margin reads: "What is this my Son Tom./ Our wise Forefathers would express/ Ev'n Sensibility in Dress;/ The modern Race delight to Shew/ What Folly in Excess can do:/ The honest Farmer, come to Town, Can scarce believe his Son his own:/ If thus the Taste continues Here,/ What will it be another Year?/ London, Published by R. Sayer & J. Bennett N.o 53 Fleet Street, as the Act directs 24 June 1774."