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Object: Britannia's old and new physicians.
Series: Figaro in London
Vol. 1; No. 31; a letterpress paper, consisting of four pages, headed with wood-engraved vignette and illustrated with further cut on the first page. 7 July 1832
(1) vignette heading (BM Satires 16830), for description see 1870,1008.1468;
(2) BRITANNIA'S OLD AND NEW PHYSICIANS.
A vertical line bisects the design and the seated figure of Britannia, who, Janus-like, faces in opposite directions. In profile to the left, her hands tied, she is emaciated, moribund, and ragged. Her physicians are Wetherell who forces her to drink from a bottle labelled 'A Very Black Draught', and Goulburn who picks her pocket. In profile to the right she is a stalwart figure holding a staff topped by a cap of 'Liberty', and facing Thomas Attwood, who brings in a huge steaming joint of roast beef. Her recovery began with 'the Russell Purge' (see No. 16602). (Reform is attributed to the Birmingham Union, see No. 16870, &c. Cf. No. 16069, &c.)
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Height: 286 millimetres (approx. page size)
Width: 220 millimetres (approx. page size)
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- In a bound volume containing "Figaro in London" Vols. I and II (1832-1833). Subsequent volumes (III, IV, V, VI and VII) are kept at 298*.a.20 to 22. For group record for Vols. I to VI see 1870,1008.1467-1937. Vol. VII is registered separately as 1982,U.4511.
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Associated Title: Figaro in London
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