A medical inspection, or, Miracles will never cease [graphic].

Pubd. Sept. 8, 1814, by Thos. Tegg, No. 111 Cheapside
[8 September 1814]
Physical Description:
1 print : etching with stipple on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 36.3 x 25.7 cm, on sheet 41.8 x 25.6 cm
Title etched below image.
Attributed to Rowlandson in the British Museum catalogue.
Plate numbered in upper right corner: No. 340.
Plate from: Woodward, G.M. Caricature magazine, or Hudibrastic mirror. London : Thomas Tegg, [1808?], v. 5.
The doctors have been identified in the British Museum catalogue as Richard Reece and Dr. John Sims.
Sheet trimmed to plate mark on right edge.
Myers; May 1942.
Bound in the set of five volumes, formerly owned by Henry Arthur Johnstone. Binding: red morocco with his initials stamped in gold on the front cover in a shield with crossed swords and three floral stamps above and one below; also four floral stamps on spine with volume number and spine title in gold: The caricature magazine. Leather endpapers with his ex libris blind stamped on front flyleaf -- a boat with large sail, with a cutout in the shape of the sun in upper left.
Leaf 92 in volume 5.
"Joanna Southcott, a stout termagant, stands in back view directed slightly to the right, gathering up her petticoats to display her person to three doctors who gaze closely at her. She is grossly caricatured, with no resemblance to her portraits. She says, her head turned in profile to the right, and looking up with a triumphant smile: "Seeing is believing are you Now satisfied theres no [sic] Behold the Naked Truth most Learned Doctors." The doctors, who are crouching for closer inspection, say respectively: "It has a confounded strange appeara[nce]"; "I have my doubts"; "I cant help suspecting". Across her posteriors, defined by the pulling up of her petticoats, is engraved: 'Aged 64 Bladders of Blasphemy and Corruption Sealed up and Ready to Burst'. On the left is a large cradle of straw in which is seated a grotesque parson with horns projecting from his forehead; he holds a spoon and a bowl inscribed 'Caudle'; beside him is a paper: 'Cradle Hymns'. He leers cunningly. The cradle is inscribed 'Parson Towser' and 'Cradle for Joanna's Boar Pig'. A bird-like demon, grinning grotesquely, crouches on the head of the cradle. Against it lies a sack inscribed 'Donations Child Bed Linen for young Beelzebub'. Beside this lie a large coral and bells, pap-spoon, syringes, a little saucepan, &c. (presents from the faithful). Beside Johanna (right) is a chest (as in British Museum Satires No. 12334) inscribed 'Joanna Southcot's Prophecys' and 'Seals for Sale'. Other things beside it are a syringe inscribed 'infusion of Devils Dose', a paper inscribed 'Game of Humbug', a bowl of 'Cock Broth for Tom Tozer', and a decanter of 'Strong Water'. In the background, framed by large curtains, are a pulpit and a high latticed window, suggesting a chapel interior."--British Museum online catalogue.
Variant Titles:
Miracles will never cease
Associated Names:
Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827 [Printmaker]
Tegg, Thomas, 1776-1845 [Publisher]
Johnstone, Henry Arthur
Medical equipment & supplies
Reece, Richard, 1775-1831
Sims, John, 1749-1831
Southcott, Joanna, 1750-1814
Tozer, William, approximately 1770-1828
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1814
Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1814
Content Type:
Prints & Photographs
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Source Title:
Caricature magazine, or, Hudibrastic mirror
Call Number:
Folio 75 W87 807 v.5
Orbis Record:
Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Digital Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Local Record Number:
Digital version