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Doctor and Mrs Syntax, with a party of friends, experimenting with laughing gas. Coloured aquatint by T. Rowlandson after W. Combe.

Combe, William, 1742-1823.

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Dr. Syntax waves his wig in the air while he and his companions dance and laugh, presumably having inhaled from the huge flask of nitrous oxide which they have concocted

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1 print : aquatint, with watercolour ; image 10.8 x 18.9 cm


Doctor Syntax and his wife making an experiment in pneumatics

Publications note

This print is not found, though the series is described in: British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. VIII, London 1947, nos. 11507-11516 & 11672-11689; also J. Grego, Rowlandson the caricaturist, vol. II, London 1880, pp. 176 & 247-52; also J.R. Abbey, Life in England in aquatint and lithography 1770-1860, San Francisco 1991, nos. 265-7


Wellcome Library no. 12086i


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