A figure comprised of medicine bottles and tablets, representing the patent medicine business, dances behind a pensive Lloyd George; representing attitudes to the introduction of the National Insurance Act of 1911. Wood engraving by B. Partridge, 1912.
- Partridge, Bernard, 1861-
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Dialogue includes: Patent medicine (to the author of the Insurance Bill). "Never mind, dear fellow, I'll stand by you - to the death!"
On the desk in front of Lloyd George is a paper entitled: "National Insurance Bill", through a window a banner reads: "Doctors demand a living wage." The 'medicine bottle-figure' is covered with various inscriptions which read: "Dr. Dulcamara's magic cure-all the only infallible remedy for ..." a list follows of various ailments. The figure's teeth are the word: "Pills", and its legs and arms are pieces of pill-packaging in the form of tubes with printed lettering. Dulcamara is the name of a medicine vendor in the opera L'elisir d'amore (1832). The implication seems to be that the drug industry supported Lloyd George's National Insurance Bill