Wellington and Peel in the roles of the body-snatchers Burke and Hare suffocating Mrs Docherty for sale to Dr. Knox; representing the extinguishing by Wellington and Peel of the Constitution of 1688 by Catholic Emancipation. Coloured etching by W. Heath, 1829.

  • Heath, William, 1795-1840.
April 1829
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London (26 Haymarket) : T. McLean, April 1829.

Physical description

1 print : etching, with watercolour ; image and border 24.5 x 34.3 cm


Burking poor old Mrs. Constitution Aged 141 ... Lettering continues: "Hark! The doctor knoxcks - she is almost done - and ready for you - vide Old Play."

References note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. XI, London 1954, no. 15707A


Wellcome Collection 12226i

Creator/production credits

Bears artist's device bottom left: a miniature figure with top-hat and umbrella

Reproduction note

M.D. George suggests that this print is probably the original of the version published by S. Gans (also listed in this catalogue)



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