Life In Philadelphia, A Black Tea Party



Life In Philadelphia, A Black Tea Party (ca. 1830)
Print, without frame, including full margins: 9 ½  inches (height), 11 ½ inches (width)


Hand-tinted engraving by the noted engraver Charles Hunt of London, published by W. H. Isaacs, Charles Street Soho. The 19th century engraving is a caricature mimic of the white high society culture of Philadelphia. The Black American tea party is hosted by "Mr. Ludovico & "Miss Rosabella.  To the far right of the table, "Miss Roasabella pours steaming hot tea into a cup which tips over and spills onto a started cat on the floor. To her right "Mr. Ludovico attends to the needs of "Miss Araminta who protests his taking the trouble. Next to them, a disgruntled guest demands "Anoder cup of tea. There is a servant and other guests as well as a mother holding her baby and her small son. The condition is excellent with only some very light toning to the paper and a very small tear to the bottom edge. The antique frame measures 13 ¾ x 16 inches, and there is some chipping to the gesso.



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