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A man recuperating in bed at a receiving-house of the Royal Humane Society, after resuscitation by W. Hawes and J.C. Lettsom from near drowning. Engraving by R. Pollard, 1787, after R. Smirke.

  • Smirke, Robert, 1752-1845
26 March 1787
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London (no.7 Braynes Row, Spa Fields) : R. Pollard, 26 March 1787.

Physical description

1 print : engraving ; image 59 x 43.1 cm


To the King's most excellent majesty, patron, the President, vice-Presidents, the Stewards and Directors of the Humane Society, this print of the young man restored to life is most humbly dedicated by His Majesty's dutiful subject & servant Robert Pollard

References note

John P Griffin, 'A tale of two paintings and the London medical scene of the late 18th century', Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, August 1990, vol. 83, no. 8, pp. 520-523


Wellcome Library no. 545984i

Reproduction note

An oil painting by R. Smirke of this composition is in the Government Art Collection


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