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A surgeon at Whitworth in County Durham letting blood from Thomas Thurlow, Bishop of Durham, but leaving his patient in order to attend to a sick horse. Coloured etching by H.W., 1791.

  • H. W., active 1791
Date:
Jan.y 12 1791
Reference:
540803i
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Description

Thurlow, Lord Bishop of Durham, sits, right, with blood pouring from his arm. The surgeon who has started to let blood from him, John Taylor, walks away from the bishop towards a horse, outside the door, which has a spavin (disease of the hock). In the background a framed print of Durham Cathedral. On the floor, a dropped and broken bleeding bowl, and a lancet

Publication/Creation

London (No. 50 Oxford St) : Wm. Holland, Jan.y 12 1791.

Physical description

1 print : etching, with watercolour

Contributors

Lettering

The Whitworth d-r

References note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. 6, London 1938, no. 7987 (attributed to unidentified artist with initials H.W., p. xxxi)

Lettering note

The groom says "Docter Docter, my masters horse has got the spavin." The doctor says "Who does he belong to? never saw such a beautiful creature in my life! What a neck! what a nose! what a magic eye! ...I'll go and dress him out of hand - What's a head of the church to the heels of a horse".

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 540803i

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