From Hogarth to Rowlandson: Medicine in Art in Eighteenth-century Britain

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Liverpool University Press, 1996 - History - 336 pages
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From Hogarth to Rowlandson shows how medicine and medical practitioners were portrayed by some of the artists of the eighteenth century. Medical imagery is a forceful component of eighteenth-century art and, taken as a corpus, the works of artists such as Hogarth and Rowlandson provide a lay view of some of the contemporary medical developments and of the attitudes held towards members of the medical profession. Eighteenth-century medical imagery does not only appear overtly as illustrations of medical men with their patients being purged, bled, "given a vomit" and so forth, but also appears indirectly as part of a "language" based upon symbolism, allegory and the use of emblems in a traditional manner still commonly employed in the eighteenth century. Haslam places "the art of medicine" of the eighteenth century in its social, historical and political context and shows how this, together with a knowledge of the lives of the artists themselves, is necessary for a better understanding of that art in an age in which hope was often raised by medical innovation, but all too often dashed. Among the aspects considered are: medical images in Hogarth's early satires, the innovation of vaccination, death, madness, fashion in medicine, midwifery and birth, blood-letting, the role and practice of the itinerant quack, surgery, and medicine and morality.

This book provides an insight into the use of highly charged and often complicated representations of medicine and doctors in graphic and literary art. It will be of interest to social, medical and art historians as well as to general readers.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
the History of the Development
14
Early Satires
27
Diagram of heraldic terms for The Company of Undertakers
55
Thomas Bardwell Joshua Ward 16851761 oil painting engraved
63
The Itinerant Quack
67
Southwark Fair detail
69
Thomas Rowlandson Doctor Botherum The Mountebank water
76
Scene IV The Toilette
114
Scene V The Bagnio
115
Scene VI The Ladys Death
116
William Hogarth detail from The Idle Prentice Betrayd by his Whore and taken in a Night Cellar with his Accomplice plate 9 of the series Industry an...
118
William Hogarth Beer Street etching and engraving 17501
120
William Hogarth Gin Lane etching and engraving 17501
121
William Hogarth The March to Finchley engraving December 1750
127
Artist anonymous The Funeral Procession of Madam Geneva engrav ing September 1751
129

Thomas Rowlandson The Quack Doctor Humbug Gives Advice Gratis pen and sepia ink and watercolour n d
79
Unknown artist The Stte Quack etching September 1762
81
a William Hogarth The Punishment inflicted on Lemuel Gulliver etching and engraving December 1726
85
Medical Images in EighteenthCentury
87
Plate 1 Arrival in London
90
Plate 2 The Quarrel with her Jew Protector
92
Plate 3 Apprehended by a Magistrate
93
Plate 4 Scene in Bridewell
94
Plate 5 She expires while the Doctors are Quarrelling
95
Detail from Plate 5
97
Attributed to William Hogarth A Garret Scene drawing c 1726
98
Plate 6 The Funeral
100
MarriagealaMode
101
323 35 379 William Hogarth MarriagealaMode 6 plates etching and engraving June 1745
103
Scene II The Tete a tete
104
Detail from Scene II The Tete a tete
105
Scene III The Inspection
107
William Hogarth Hudibras Beats Sidrophel and Whacum etching and engraving for Samuel Butlers Hudibras February 17256
108
Thomas Rowlandson Death in the Nursery aquatint 181516
131
Hogarth at St Bartholomews Hospital
132
William Hogarth The Pool of Bethesda oil painting 1736
133
William Hogarth The Polling from Four Prints of an Election engrav ing February 1758 3rd state
141
Detail from The Polling
142
James Gillray Taking Physic etching handcoloured 1800
143
A Question of Taste or a Taste of Madness
144
Fashions in Health and Treatment
174
William Hogarth Strolling Actresses Dressing in a Barn etching
237
To the Tomb
245
Corporis Fabrica by Vesalius 1543
260
The End
277
Thomas Rowlandson The Dissecting Room pen with brown ink
279
Thomas Rowlandson Death and the Apothecary or The Quack Doctor
292
References
297
Index
331
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