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Metallic–Tractors

1801
19th century
34.2 cm x 39 cm (13 7/16 in. x 15 3/8 in.)

James Gillray (London, 1757 - 1815, London) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, English
Medium and Support: Etching and aquatint with hand coloring
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Karen G. and Dr. Elgin W. Ware, Jr. Collection, 2002
            
               Accession Number:                2002.2811             
            
Object Description: Quack doctors and their desperate patients were especially vulnerable targets for satirists of the early nineteenth century. In this print, Dr. Elisha Perkins demonstrates his latest cure-all, a pair of brass and iron rods forged by the doctor in his own furnace that, when stroked over an unhealthy area, draws out affliction. Headlines from the newspaper on the table include the secret of the philosopher’s stone and how to turn all metals into gold, followed by Gillray’s mantra: pro bono publico (“for the public good”).

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