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A physician being tormented with medical and surgical treatments by grotesque figures representing his former patients. Coloured etching by R. Newton, 1792, after G.M. Woodward.

  • Woodward, G. M. (George Moutard), approximately 1760-1809
Nov.r 11 1792
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He is having blood let from his right arm: the operator has opened an artery by mistake. Left foreground, a tormentor points to a basket of surgical instruments (saw, knives, tourniquets). Left background, one tormentor with a medicine bottle, the other pouring medicine into a bowl. Left of the doctor, one man points to his missing nose, another complains about his damaged stomach. Right background, the doctor is offered a pill which he looks at with misgivings


[London] (No. 50 Oxford St.) : W. Holland, Nov.r 11 1792.

Physical description

1 print : etching, with aquatint and watercolour ; platemark ca. 47.5 x 41 cm


A doctor in Purgatory! G.M. Woodward delin. Aquatint by J. Hassell. Etch'd by R. Newton.

References note

Not found in: British Museum Catalogue of political and personal satires, London 1870-1954 (but in the British Museum online catalogue)

Lettering note

Below, a verse from Samuel Garth's 'The dispensary': "Those spectres seam'd with scars, that threaten there, The victims of my late ill conduct are. They vex, with endless clamours, my repose. This wants his stomach, that demands his nose, And here they execute stern Pluto's will. And ply me every moment with a pill. (Vid Dr Garth's poem of The dispensary, canto VI)"


Wellcome Library no. 2491101i



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