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Three London scenes: a man being cajoled by two prostitutes, a young man being accosted by two debt-collectors, and a physician attending a patient. Coloured etching by G. Cruikshank after J. Sheringham, 1821.

Sheringham, John, Lieutenant.
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1821
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Credit: Three London scenes: a man being cajoled by two prostitutes, a young man being accosted by two debt-collectors, and a physician attending a patient. Coloured etching by G. Cruikshank after J. Sheringham, 1821. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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Love, law, & physic

Description

In the left scene, the man stands outside a tavern with its fascia lettered "Cordials & compounds" and "Hodg[son's] best", i.e. ale brewed by George Hodgson (and subsequently Mark and Frederick Hodgson) at the Bow Brewery in London: the brewery was rebuilt and enlarged in 1821. The prostitute on the left holds his wallet concealed in her muff while the one on the right tries to steal his fobwatch. A burning gas light on the left indicates night. In the right scene, the moribund patient wearing a nightgown and nightcap sits in an armchair on casters next to the bed, while the physician (a thin elderly bald man in a black suit) looks at him intently from the next chair, and an old nurse stands nearby; medicine bottles on the mantlepiece behind

Publication/Creation

London (28 St James's St.) : G. Humphrey, Augt 28 1821.

Physical description

1 print : etching, with watercolour ; platemark 26 x 39 cm

Lettering

Symptoms of life in London, or Love, law, & physic. J Sher.m invt. G. Cruikshank fect.

Publications note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, London 1949, vol. X, no. 14312

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 662347i

Lettering note

Title from the farce by James Kenney, Love, law and physic, first performed in London in 1812

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