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An episode in Tristram Shandy: Dr. Slop with his wig on fire angrily gesticulating to Susannah who holds her nose near the wounded baby Tristram Shandy. Etching by J. Bretherton, 1773, after H.W. Bunbury after L. Sterne.

  • Sterne, Laurence, 1713-1768
3 February 1773
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[London] (134 New Bond Street) : Published as the Act directs by J. Bretherton, 3 February 1773.

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1 print : etching ; platemark 26 x 39.2 cm


The battle of the cataplasm. ... H.W. Bunbury delin. ; J. Bretherton f.

References note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. V, London 1935, no. 5216

Lettering note

Lettering continues: 'Susannah rowing one way & looking another, set fire to Dr. Slop's wig, which being somewhat bushy & unctuous withal was soon burnt as kindled - "You impudent whore" cried Slop (for what is passion but a wild beast) "You impudent whore" cried Slop getting upright with the cataplasm in his hand - "I never was the destruction of anybody's nose" said Susannah, "which is more than you can say"; - "Is it?" cried Slop throwing the cataplasm in her face - "Yes it is" cried Susannah returning the compliment with what was left in the pan - Vide Tris Shandy vol. 4.'


Wellcome Library no. 12085i



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