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The shop of a tooth-drawer, barber, apothecary and blood-letter called "Dickey Gossip", with a song about him. Process print, 1931, after an etching, 1795.

8 August 1931
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Inside the shop a man is extracting a tooth. In the street outside, a man reaches out to hold the arm of a woman. The shop bears a sign which reads: "Gossip. Barber dentist bleeder &c, teeth drawn and other's put in NB drugs and medicines of the best sort. Corns cured. Cloaths made & repai[re]d." Another shop in the background also has a sign: "Gossip carpenter"


[London] : The Chemist and druggist, 8 August 1931.

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1 print : process print


Dickey Gossips the man. ...

Lettering note

The song Dickey Gossip was included in The roundelay; a selection of comic, martial, naval and sentimental songs, Doncaster 1815, and other compilations
Lettering continues with verses of song: "I. When I was a younker I first was apprentic'd / unto a gay barber so dapper and airy, / I next was a carpenter, then turn'd a dentist, / then a taylor good lord, then an apothecary. 2. Tho' taylor and dentist but awkwardly tether / in both the vocations I Still have my savings / and two of my trades couple rarely together / for barber and carpenter both deal in shavings. 3. But blunders will happen in callings so various, / I fancy they happen to somewho are prouder, / I once gave a patient whose health was precarious / a terrible dose of my best shaving powder. Chorus. But for this trade or that, / they all come as pat / as they can; / for shaving and tooth-drawing, bluding cabbaging and sawing, / Dickey Gossip's the man."
After: an etching published in 1795 by I. Marshall, no. 4 Aldermary Church Yard, London


Wellcome Library no. 16806i


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