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To the West tea was introduced by Portuguese priests and merchants during the 16th century. During the 17th century, drinking tea became fashionable among Britons, who started large-scale production and commercialization of the plant in India to bypass a Chinese monopoly at that time.
- “But indeed I would rather have nothing but tea.” (Jane Austen, Mansfield Park)
- “Tea! Bless ordinary everyday afternoon tea!” (Agatha Christie)
- “While there is tea, there is hope.” (Arthur Wing Pinero)
The Tea Party
I had a little tea party
This afternoon at three.
‘Twas very small-
Three guest in all-
Just I, myself and me.
Myself ate all the sandwiches,
While I drank up the tea;
‘Twas also I who ate the pie
And passed the cake to me.
(Jessica Nelson North)
- “A Convalescent” by James Tissot, 1876
- “John, Lord Willoughby de Broke, and his Family” by Johann Zoffany c. 1766
- “An English Family at Tea” by Joseph Van Aken, 1720
- “A Tea Party” by Joseph Van Aken, 1719-1721
- “Five O’Clock Tea” by Julius LeBlanc Stewart
- “Holyday” by James Tissot, 1876
- “A Lady and Two Gentlemen seated at a tea table” by Philip Reinagle (1749-1833)
- “The Tea Party” by Frederic Soulacroix
- “Tea” by Mary Stevenson Cassatt, 1880
- “An English Family at Tea” by Joseph Van Aken, 1725
- “A Family of Three at Tea” by Richard Collins
- “Ladies Having Tea” c 1740 Unknown British artist