Five doctors discussing their patient, Napoleon: one of the physicians is examining his rear end. Coloured etching, 1803.

26 [month?] 1803
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[London] (101 Strand) : R. Ackermann, 26 [month?] 1803.

Physical description

1 print : etching, with watercolour ; platemark 25 x 34.1 cm


A consul and a consultation. Napoléon says to the doctors: "My dear doctors - do tell me what is the matter with me I felt the first symptoms - directly I heard the ambassador was fairly off - it is a very odd sensation." The doctor who is examining his backside replies: "Begar me have found it out - your heart be in your breeches."

References note

Not found in: British Museum Catalogue of political and personal satires, London 1870-1954


Wellcome Collection 12205i

Creator/production credits

The artist is at present unidentified. The overall design and lettering of the print suggests it is perhaps either by T. Rowlandson, possibly after Woodward, or an early work by G. Cruikshank



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