Five oclock tea,    by    Mary Cassat                       (Como Mary Cassat é inconfundível!)

The wide spread “english custom” of drinking tea in the afternoon, with careful atention and preparation, is an old portuguese tradition, and was brought to England by the Portuguese.

Tea drinking  was introduced to the British court by portuguese Catarina de Bragança, who married King Charles II in 1662. For this to be possible, and in order to go on enjoying tea in England, she brought in her dowry a chest full of Chinese tea leaves (precious, and worth a fortune at that time).