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A man supposed to be dead arising from his coffin and surprising his wife (?). Coloured aquatint, 1805, after a drawing by Henry Wigstead, 1784.

Wigstead, Henry, -1793.
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July 1805

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Free to use with attribution CC BYCredit: Wellcome Collection
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The coffin is placed on trestles next to a four-poster bed (the deathbed of a rich man?). The lid of the coffin bears an elaborate brass plaque inscribed "Mr Gripe departed this life Ague " (last word indistinct). Arising from out of the coffin, Mr Gripe disturbs the woman who was reading a large book (presumably a business ledger). On the ground, a soup bowl, a bottle and a glass, suggesting that she had poisoned him

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London (Nr. 50. Oxford Str.t) : Publish'd by Will.m Holland, July 1805.

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1 print : aquatint, with etching and watercolour ; platemark 29.2 x 36 cm

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The dead alive! H. Wigstead 1784

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A man supposed to be dead arising from his coffin and surprising his wife (?). Coloured aquatint, 1805, after a drawing by Henry Wigstead, 1784. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY


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