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A prostitute leading an old man into the bedroom and taking money from him; implying that her services will act like a tonic and preserve his state of health. Coloured etching, 18--, after T. Rowlandson, 1811.
- Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827
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1 print : etching (or lithograph?), with watercolour ; image, text and border 34.5 x 24.8 cm
Touch for touch or a female physician in full practice.
British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. IX, London 1949, no. 11806 (copy after that print)
Lettering "touch for touch" uses touch to mean "succeed in getting money out of someone" (OED s.v. touch v., 16b) and "to have sexual contact with" (OED s.v. touch v., 2a)
Wellcome Library no. 5117i
After: Rowlandson's etching with the same lettering, published by T. Tegg, 1 May 1811. Differences in this copy (plagiarism?): Rowlandson's name omitted, T. Tegg's imprint omitted, and painting of Danaë over mantelpiece is here replaced by a landscape in the manner of G. Dughet
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