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Man-midwives attempting to deliver a monstrous woman representing the Dutch National Convention. Etching attributed to James Gillray, 1796, after David Hess.

Hess, David, 1770-1843.
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[1797?]

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Free to use with attribution CC BYCredit: Wellcome Collection
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In the centre sits a woman with seven heads of different animals. Her legs are spread and a devil is pulling on a looped cord or pushing a pitchfork up beneath her clothes. To left and right of her are two man-midwives. On the left is an old-fashioned Dutchman who wears spectacles and a wig and consults a book labelled "Sectio caes: et sectio synchondroseos". On the right is a modern revolutionary Frenchman who does not wear a wig and holds a pair of crude forceps. The first Dutch National Convention (Nationale Vergadering) took place from 1 March 1796 to 31 August 1797

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[London] : [H. Humphrey?], [1797?]

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1 print : etching, printed in sanguine ; platemark 27.6 x 21.8 cm

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De Nationale Conventie in barensnood van eene constitutie.

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  • Dutch


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Man-midwives attempting to deliver a monstrous woman representing the Dutch National Convention. Etching attributed to James Gillray, 1796, after David Hess. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY


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