1 print : etching on wove paper ; plate mark 27.6 x 22.0 cm, on sheet 36 x 27 cm + 1 sheet ( page)
Title etched below image. Artist identified as Hess and printmaker questionably identified as Gillray in the British Museum catalogue. Place and date of publication from British Museum catalogue. Possibly published by Hannah Humphrey. See British Museum catalogue. One of twenty plates published as a bound set entitled: Hollandia regenerata. Plate numbered "15" in upper left corner. With: Letterpress explanation in French that includes appropriate texts from the Bible in Dutch and in English. Temporary local subject terms: Holland: civil discord -- Committees: health committee -- Quacks -- Quacks' zanies -- Military uniforms: French uniforms -- Medical instruments: clyster pipes -- Medical procedures: bleeding -- Emblems: Caduceus -- Medicine: mercury -- Water tubs -- Allusion to the Batavian Republic.
"An old woman of repulsive and disreputable appearance sits full-face surrounded by quack doctors. Her cap is inscribed 'Rep: Bat' (Batavian Republic), her petticoat is decorated with the seven [The artist has arranged the arrows in groups of five, not seven] arrows of the United Provinces. Her feet are in a tub of water. One doctor (left) holds her arm, the blood from which gushes into a bowl on her lap. Another (right) applies a cupping-glass to her left shoulder. A man (right) stands primly in profile to the left holding his cane; from his pocket protrudes a book: 'Traité sur la Reconaissance'. (He is 'Citoyen L' who owes everything to the ex-Stadholder.) Two military officers also watch the treatment, one (left) has a clyster-pipe under his arm. Standing behind, and on a higher level, is the zany (cf. BMSat 6398, &c), holding up a club wreathed with a serpent in his right hand, a bottle inscribed 'Tinct. Univer.' in the left. On the ground is a prescription inscribed 'R. P M: Mere' [i.e. Merc]. Text, 'Jeremiah', li. 9."--British Museum online catalogue.
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796.00.00.20 Auchincloss Gillray v. 12
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 8860 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 373
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