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Two men placing the shrouded corpse which they have just disinterred into a sack while Death, as a nightwatchman holding a lantern, grabs one of the grave-robbers from behind. Coloured drawing by T. Rowlandson, 1775.

  • Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827
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A similar drawing attributed to Rowlandson, but without signature or date, is in the Royal College of Surgeons of England. See this catalogue, nos 25643i and 25668i, for other satires on body theft



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1 drawing : pen and ink, with watercolour ; image 26.2 x 21.1 cm


Rowlandson 1775

References note

William LeFanu, A catalogue of the portraits and other paintings, drawings and sculpture in the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Edinburgh and London 1960, p. 105, no. 357
Carole Reeves (ed.), A cultural history of the human body: in the age of enlightenment, Oxford: Berg, 2010, p. 102

Lettering note

Lettering on the coffin lid: Resurgam


Wellcome Library no. 25772i

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