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Three affluent doctors congratulating themselves on their profession. Coloured mezzotint, 1793, after Robert Dighton.

  • Dighton, Robert, 1752-1814
Published as the Act directs 4 June 1793
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The obese doctor on the left holds a bottle labelled "The draughts as before Mr. Costive", the doctor on the right holds his gold-topped cane up to his chin. In the background there are various pharmaceutical bottles and jars, one is labelled "Going to rest"


London (69 St. Paul's Church Yard) : Printed for & sold by Carrington Bowles, Published as the Act directs 4 June 1793.

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1 print : mezzotint, with watercolour and gouache ; platemark 35 x 25.3 cm


How merrily we live that doctor's be. We humbug the public and pocket the fee.

References note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. VI, London 1938, no. 8050
Dennis Rose, Life, times, and recorded works of Robert Dighton (1752-1814): actor, artist, and printseller and three of his artist sons portrayers of Georgian pageantry and wit, [S.l.]: D. Rose, 1981, p. 34 and p. 74 (watercolour)
David Padfield, A view of Dightons: the Dighton family, their times, caricatures and portraits, London 2007, p. 82 (watercolour; mezzotint not found)

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Bears number bottom left : 608


Wellcome Library no. 10771i



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