The battle of the cataplasm [graphic] / HW Bunbury delin. ; J. Bretherton f.
Bretherton, James, approximately 1730-1806, printmaker.
[London] : [Publish'd as the act directs, 3d. February 1773, by J. Bretherton, No. 134 New Bond Street], [3 February 1773]
1 print : etching with drypoint on laid paper ; sheet 26 x 39 cm
Sheet trimmed within plate mark resulting in loss of imprint. Publication information from George and another impression in the Lewis Walpole. Cf. Bunbury Album, p. 91. CtY-LW Bunbury's Iinitials form a monogram. On either side of the title, a quote from a scene in vol. 4 of Tristram Shandy: Susannah running one way & looking another, set fire to Dr. Slops' wig, which being somewhat bushy & unctuous withal was as soon burnt as kindled ...
A scene from Tristram Shandy in which Susannah stands holdings her nose with her right hand while in her left she holds a candle over the cradle where the swandled infant Tristram lies with a plaster on his nose. She addressed the doctor with obvious fury, her mouth agape. On the left Dr. Slop raises his left fist at her while in his right he holds a cataplasm in a ladle, ready to fling at her. His hat lies at his feet, and his wig is ablaze. Obadiah stands behind him carrying in his hands a chamber pot and a bowl, a medicine bottle tucked under his arm. The two men stand before a screen. The walls of the room are hung with portraits and a mirror; a grandfather's clock showing the time as 6:15 stands against the wall behind the cradle and Susannah. Two medicine bottles sit on a table partially hidden behind the screen. In the foreground lies an over-turned chair.
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