“John Malcolm”

Nicolas Ponce, Francois Godefroy. From Recueil d'estampes representant les différents événemens de la guerre qui a procuré l'indépendance aux etats unis de l'amérique, Circa 1784.

Image of John Malcolm

This engraving appears in the first French book on the United States, an illustrated history of the American Revolution. It portrays the tarring and feathering of John Malcolm, a Tory customs officer, who had struck and injured a shoemaker, George Hewes.

The 25th of January 1774, the aggrieved people entered his house unarmed. He injured several people with his sword: but the Bostonians, moderate even in their vengeance, seized him, carried him out the window and placed him in a cart; next he was stripped, tarred, feathered, brought to the town square, beaten with a rod, and forced to thank them for not killing him; then he was brought back to his house without further injury.

Metadata Details
Item Type Book Section
Title John Malcolm
Short Title John Malcolm, 1784
Book Title Recueil d'estampes representant les différents événemens de la guerre qui a procuré l'indépendance aux etats unis de l'amérique
Place of Publication Paris
Publisher Ponce et Godefroy
Creator Nicolas Ponce, Francois Godefroy
Publication Date Circa 1784
Pages Plate 2
Language French
Call Number Case F 832 .737
Location Special Collections 4th floor