Fashionable Diseases
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The interface between disease and fashion in the Georgian (and Victorian) era
George IV, with a swathed and gouty leg, stands in front of the throne, supported by Lady Conyngham and a crutch, his arm round her shoulder. Peel stands partly hidden by a curtain and immediately behind Wellington, his mouthpiece; he speaks into a speaking-trumpet, the stem of which passes from Wellington's ear to his mouth from which the trumpet projects.

George IV, with a swathed and gouty leg, stands in front of the throne, supported by Lady Conyngham and a crutch, his arm round her shoulder. Peel stands partly hidden by a curtain and immediately behind Wellington, his mouthpiece; he speaks into a speaking-trumpet, the stem of which passes from Wellington's ear to his mouth from which the trumpet projects.

The Man Milliner. Hand-col, etching 16 Dec.1793, Robt. Sayer & C° Fleet St London. Interior of milliner's shop. The milliner & a lady stand facing each other across the counter. He is fashionably dressed & holds a yard-stick. She holds the end of a piece of ribbon & says, with raised forefinger: 'Indeed Mr Fribble I am not to be done in this manner, your Yard is to short by an Inch.' A second lady, seated in a chair, holding up a fan, watches the encounter with amusement BM 1861,0518.978

The Man Milliner. Hand-col, etching 16 Dec.1793, Robt. Sayer & C° Fleet St London. Interior of milliner's shop. The milliner & a lady stand facing each other across the counter. He is fashionably dressed & holds a yard-stick. She holds the end of a piece of ribbon & says, with raised forefinger: 'Indeed Mr Fribble I am not to be done in this manner, your Yard is to short by an Inch.' A second lady, seated in a chair, holding up a fan, watches the encounter with amusement BM 1861,0518.978

"The Treasury Spectre, or the Head of the Nation in a Queer Situation" by Isaac Cruikshank. A scene on the Parade at Bath. Pitt sits in profile to the right in a roughly made bath chair with solid wooden wheels, his swathed and gouty legs stretched out and supported on a bolster. His head is skull-like and his long neck emaciated; he wears a dressing-gown which reveals a bare chest on which is a paper: 'Strengthening Plaister for the Conscience'.

"The Treasury Spectre, or the Head of the Nation in a Queer Situation" by Isaac Cruikshank, Pitt as a peevish and gouty invalid at Bath; Dundas tries to calm him with 'Water of Oblivion'.

London] (no. 92 Cornhill) : E. Hedges, 26 December 1782. Stipple engraving with etching. The Compliments of the Season. Kibe Heels & Chilblains. British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. V, London 1935, no. 5806. Wellcome Library no. 11814i Artist: Bunbury, Henry William, 1750-1811.

London] (no. 92 Cornhill) : E. Hedges, 26 December 1782. Stipple engraving with etching. The Compliments of the Season. Kibe Heels & Chilblains. British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. V, London 1935, no. 5806. Wellcome Library no. 11814i Artist: Bunbury, Henry William, 1750-1811.

An undertaker drops in to give Christmas and New Year wishes to a sick man. Coloured lithograph, ca. 1830

An undertaker drops in to give Christmas and New Year wishes to a sick man. Coloured lithograph, ca. 1830

Charles Williams, "Theatrical doctors recovering Clara's notes!" Hand-col. copper engraving

Charles Williams, "Theatrical doctors recovering Clara's notes!" Hand-col. copper engraving

A decrepit man screaming in pain from gout, rheumatism and catarrh; represented as three tormenting devils. Coloured etching by J. Cawse, 1809, after G.M. Woodward.

A decrepit man screaming in pain from gout, rheumatism and catarrh; represented as three tormenting devils. Coloured etching by J. Cawse, 1809, after G.M. Woodward.

JAMES GILLRAY " FRENCH TAYLOR FITTING JOHN BULL."

JAMES GILLRAY " FRENCH TAYLOR FITTING JOHN BULL."

Bath Races. Thos Rowlandson. Hand-col. etching 20 Nov 1810 Pub. by Thos Tegg.  Gouty & rheumatic cripples & invalids rush down a hill below The Crescent, (inscribed 'Cripples Corner'.) The ailing disabled ensemble are satirically depicted hurtling headlong in a mock invalid race to the pump rooms & waters below in the famous spa-resort of Bath.

Bath Races. Thos Rowlandson. Hand-col. etching 20 Nov 1810 Pub. by Thos Tegg. Gouty & rheumatic cripples & invalids rush down a hill below The Crescent, (inscribed 'Cripples Corner'.) The ailing disabled ensemble are satirically depicted hurtling headlong in a mock invalid race to the pump rooms & waters below in the famous spa-resort of Bath.

Isaac Cruikshank, "The Treasury Spectre." Hand-colored engraving 1798.  Re. stomach complaints, bath chair invalidsm, as politicised metaphors for state of treasury/economy.nation

Isaac Cruikshank, "The Treasury Spectre." Hand-colored engraving 1798. Re. stomach complaints, bath chair invalidsm, as politicised metaphors for state of treasury/economy.nation

A Rough Sketch of the Times as deleniated by Sir Francis Burdett. Hand-col. etching by Thomas Rowlandson Pubd May 9th 1819 by Thomas Tegg no. 111 Cheapside A young handsome man stands between a stout and healthy looking man 'The Genius of Honour and Integrity' and a an older, grotesque looking man to his right 'The Monster of Corruption'. The young man is Francis Burdett and wears a sash with the inscription 'Magna Carta, Bill of Rights' reffering to his political career and reformations.

A Rough Sketch of the Times as deleniated by Sir Francis Burdett. Hand-col. etching by Thomas Rowlandson Pubd May 9th 1819 by Thomas Tegg no. 111 Cheapside A young handsome man stands between a stout and healthy looking man 'The Genius of Honour and Integrity' and a an older, grotesque looking man to his right 'The Monster of Corruption'. The young man is Francis Burdett and wears a sash with the inscription 'Magna Carta, Bill of Rights' reffering to his political career and reformations.

Life in Philadelphia. How you find yourself dis hot Weader Miss Chloe? Pretty well I thank you Mr Cesar only I aspire too much! Hand-col. etching and aquatint by Charles Hunt, London, Pub. by Harrison Isaacs, Charles St Soho Square. c1830. Produced as a copy of the E. W. Clay lithograph. No. 4 in the American series, but number 3 in the London series.

Life in Philadelphia. How you find yourself dis hot Weader Miss Chloe? Pretty well I thank you Mr Cesar only I aspire too much! Hand-col. etching and aquatint by Charles Hunt, London, Pub. by Harrison Isaacs, Charles St Soho Square. c1830. Produced as a copy of the E. W. Clay lithograph. No. 4 in the American series, but number 3 in the London series.

Miniature Print - "CHACUN A SON GOUT" - Copper Engraving - c1850

Miniature Print - "CHACUN A SON GOUT" - Copper Engraving - c1850

Chromolithograph PRINT from various sources by various engravers. This genuine 165 year old engraving was published in about

19thC OIL ON PANEL - MAN BEING TREATED BY PHYSICIAN -19th century pr possibly earlier oil on panel depicting a man, possibly with a skin disorder, being treated by a physician; with other medical instruments on a small table to the right. The patient's expression suggests evident pain and discomfort.Dutch or Flemish.

19thC OIL ON PANEL - MAN BEING TREATED BY PHYSICIAN -19th century pr possibly earlier oil on panel depicting a man, possibly with a skin disorder, being treated by a physician; with other medical instruments on a small table to the right. The patient's expression suggests evident pain and discomfort.Dutch or Flemish.

James Gillray, " Playing in Parts." London. Thomas Mclean. 1830. Amateur musicians, the design based on 'Ars-Musica', altered, and much elaborated. Four ugly and elderly men grouped round a young woman who sits, full face, at a square piano lit by a guttering candle. She lifts her hands to thump, with grim determination. A 'cellist is on her right, a vast gouty leg thrust forward, a violinist on her left.

James Gillray, " Playing in Parts." London. Thomas Mclean. 1830. Amateur musicians, the design based on 'Ars-Musica', altered, and much elaborated. Four ugly and elderly men grouped round a young woman who sits, full face, at a square piano lit by a guttering candle. She lifts her hands to thump, with grim determination. A 'cellist is on her right, a vast gouty leg thrust forward, a violinist on her left.

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