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A sailor with a bandaged eye consulting a mercenary medical practitioner. Coloured etching by I. Cruikshank, 1807?, after G.M. Woodward.

  • Woodward, G. M. (George Moutard), approximately 1760-1809.
Date
[1807?]
Reference
21026i
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Description

The sailor describes his medical history in nautical terms. He refers to a skeleton suspended in a cupboard as the doctor's "messmate"

Publication/Creation

[London] (111 Cheapside) : T. Tegg, [1807?]

Physical description

1 print : etching, with watercolour ; platemark 24.6 x 35 cm

Lettering

The sailor and the quack doctor!! ... Woodward del. ; Cruikshank s.p.

References note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. VIII, London 1947, no. 10896

Lettering note

The sailor says: "You must know doctor I have got a bit of a confusion [sic] on my larboard cheek from a chance shot, and as I dont think it of consequence enough for our ships surgeon, I bore down to you, after overhawling a long list of your cures - but I suppose from the messmate in the cabin there; you dont always make a return of the killed and wounded." The medical practitioner replies: "Sir, my rule of practice is this, there is pen, ink, and paper, - sign a certificate of your cure, and I'll take you in hand immediatly on paying down two guineas!"

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 21026i

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