A medical inspection, or, Miracles will never cease [graphic].
Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, printmaker.
[8 September 1814]
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. CtY-LW
"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.
Miracles will never cease
Clergy. Cradles. Demons. Medical equipment & supplies. Physicians. Prophets.
Johnstone, Henry Arthur--Ownership. Reece, Richard,--1775-1831--Caricatures and cartoons. Sims, John,--1749-1831--Caricatures and cartoons. Southcott, Joanna,--1750-1814--Caricatures and cartoons. Tegg, Thomas, 1776-1845, publisher. Tozer, William,--approximately 1770-1828--Caricatures and cartoons.
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Caricature magazine, or, Hudibrastic mirror.
75 W87 807 v.5 Folio 75 W87 807 v.5
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 9, no. 12333
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