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Three men wearing orthopedic apparatus exercising; another is strapped into leg braces. Aquatint by P. Sandby (?), 1783.

  • Sandby, Paul, 1731-1809.
Date
1 January 1783
Reference
18066i
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Description

Satire on the exercise-therapy for gout practised by the gout-doctor Abraham Buzaglo (d. 1788), who may be portrayed standing in the background in profile to the left. The figures are shown in the artificial poses shown in Bartolozzi's print after Nathaniel Dance, "Jason et Medée Ballet tragique", which satirizes the "tragic attitudes" of the actor Gaetan Vestris (B.M. Cat. of satires no. 5910)

Publication/Creation

Oxford Turnpike (St. Georges Row) : P. Sandby, 1 January 1783.

Physical description

1 print : aquatint with etching, printed in sanguine ; platemark 40.8 x 47.4 cm

Lettering

Les caprices de la goute. Ballet arthritique ...

References note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. V, London 1935, no. 6322

Lettering note

Lettering continues: Patent muscular. Health-restoring exercise. I. It takes off within the hour all pains from the shoulders, elbows, sides, back, knees, calves & ancles. II. It radically cures the cramp, dissipates callous swellings around the knees & the ancles originating from the gout. III. It restores wasted calves to their former state of fullness of flesh. IV. It greatly facilitates the discharge of the gravel. [The two right-most exercisers have indistinct names on their braces; the left-hand man's chest reads something like 'Buzaclo'. The print also contains a brief musical ditty in 6/8 at the bottom of page]

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 18066i

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