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The last gasp. Or toadstools mistaken for mushrooms

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  • Title (object)

    • The last gasp. Or toadstools mistaken for mushrooms
  • Description

    An elderly old-fashioned doctor, holding his gold-headed cane, sits bending forward to inspect the tongue of his agonized patient. The latter, grotesquely obese, sits in a low arm-chair (right) with his lean and hideous wife beside him; a thin grotesque footman, his hair standing on end, stands behind the doctor's chair, leaning towards his master. All three put out their tongues, and all register dismay; the equally ugly doctor gapes in unhelpful concern. The grotesque heads are closely grouped against a high window. A grandfather clock (left) shows that the time is 2.22. A thermometer hangs on the wall.
    Plate numbered 210.
    1 September 1813.
    Hand-coloured etching


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1813
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 345 millimetres
    • Width: 249 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, artist's name and publishing details: 'Rowlandson Del- / Price One Shilling Coloured / Pubd September 1st 1813 by Thos Tegg No 111 Cheapside'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
    Grego, 'Rowlandson', ii. 254.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 12145 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  1 September 1813.  Hand-coloured etching


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1 September 1813. Hand-coloured etching

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