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The able doctor, or, America swallowing the bitter draught
Created: May 1, 1774
Medium: Prints/Drawings, Etching and engraving

The able doctor, or, America swallowing the bitter draught

This political cartoon, published in London Magazine in 1774, shows prominent members of Parliament forcibly restraining a partially clothed Native American woman, symbolizing a rebellious America, and forcing her to drink tea. A white female symbolizing Britannia looks away in shame. The man pouring the tea is Lord North, the British prime minister, and in his pocket is a note which says: “Boston Port Bill.” Lord Mansfield, then the chief justice of the King’s Bench, holds America down by her arms. The Earl of Sandwich, a member of the admiralty board, lecherously pulls up her skirt, making the symbolic comparison of the Intolerable Acts with sexual violence explicit.