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DRAFT Advertisement for Dr Sibly's reanimating solar tincture or Pabulum of Life sold at Greenland's dealer in patent medicines; with an updated version of the Good Samaritan parable with a turbanned figure pouring the medicine on the head of a fallen figure with two thieves escaping beyond
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- 1800 (c.)
- Curator's comments
- For the trade card of Ebenezer Sibly see D,2.729; for a duplicate of this print see Heal,83.10
Nigel Tattersfield (email Dec 2021): The Description is in need of revision. The scene being enacted in the narrative element of the trade card is that of the Good Samaritan, adjusted to eighteenth century tastes, in an indeterminate landscape which has hints of eastern Europe; not the United Kingdom at all events. The tall central figure, dashingly dressed in cloak, feather-topped hat and riding boots is the Good Samaritan whose horse stands patiently in the background. He is ministering to a poor foot traveller (perhaps a pilgrim) who has been waylaid by two footpads. They have knocked him out before stripping him of shoes, outer clothing and his bundle of belongings and stick. They can be seen running off with their ill-gotten gains in the right hand distance. The lead figure flourishes a cudgel, no doubt the weapon used in the assault.
The second line of engraved text, 'At Mr Greenland's, Dealer in Patent Medicines' appears to have been separately printed and pasted to a blank left for that purpose. The handbill appears to be the eighteenth century equivalent of what until recently was termed a 'dealer block', which allowed an advertisement or piece of promotional material to be printed up (as in this case) before being tailored to an individual authorised stockist's or retailer's requirements, which normally consisted of their name, address and any other contact details.
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