M0001920: Reproduction of a woodcut captioned "St. Anthony and a victim of his disease"

May 1931
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Previous title, replaced May 2020: St Anthony and a victim of his disease.


Reproduction of a woodcut titled "St. Anthony and a victim of his disease" with the caption: "The monastic order of St. Anthony was devoted to the care of sufferers from ergotism. The sufferer is shown here using a crutch to support a withered leg while his raied hand has burst into flames, symbolic of the sensations of the disease. On the left shoulder of St. Anthony's robe is the T representing his order and probably also designating the crutch of those afflicted with St. Anthony's disease. The hog which was the inseperable companion of this saint is show here peering from behind the robe." The reproduction is from Haggard, Howard W.: Devils, drugs, and doctors : the story of the science of healing from medicine-man to doctor New York : Blue Ribbon Books, [1929], page 218. Related images: M0001918, M0001921, M0001922, M0001923, M0001927, M0001928, M0001941EA


May 1931

Physical description

1 photograph glass plate negative; 16.5 x 12 cm

Related material

Wellcome Collection holds an edition of the publication depicted in the glass plate negative


Catalogue data comes from a combination of entries in the original glass plate registers, metadata created when the glass plates were digitised in the early 2000s and enhancements made by the cataloguer in 2020.

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