Pleasure seekers visiting the unfinished Thames Tunnel are drenched by the ingress of water. Aquatint by R. Cruikshank, 1830.

  • Cruikshank, Robert, 1789-1856.
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About this work


Jerry Hawthorn and Bob Logic (and Corinthian Tom) are young men about town in Regency London, introduced as fictitious characters by Pierce Egan in Life in London, or, The day and night scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, esq., and his elegant friend, Corinthian Tom, London 1821. The characters shown here are Jerry Hawthorn, Bob Logic (with umbrella) and Sir John Blubber (Corinthian Tom is absent). The water falling on them is called jocularly "water on the brain". The Thames Tunnel built by the engineers Brunel between Rotherhithe and Wapping was subject to flooding. In 1830 Richard Bright was preparing to publish the hydrocephalous skull of James Cardinal


[London] : [G. Virtue], [1830]

Physical description

1 print : aquatint ; image 17.8 x 10.4 cm


Strong symptoms of water on the brain; and Logic's spread "no use" in the floating capital. Drawn & engraved by Robert Cruikshank.


Wellcome Collection 2489352i


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