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Tabitha Grunt; or, The Walking Hospital, pub. 1813 (hand coloured engraving)

Tabitha Grunt; or, The Walking Hospital, pub. 1813 (hand coloured engraving)


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Tabitha Grunt; or, The Walking Hospital, pub. 1813 (hand coloured engraving)

2636962 Tabitha Grunt; or, The Walking Hospital, pub. 1813 (hand coloured engraving) by Cruikshank, George (1792-1878); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; English, out of copyright

Media ID 23420742

© The Stapleton Collection / Bridgeman Images

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Tabitha Grunt; or, The Walking Hospital - A Satirical Glimpse into Medical Miseries of the Past

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. This hand-coloured engraving by George Cruikshank, titled "Tabitha Grunt; or, The Walking Hospital" takes us back to the year 1813 and offers a humorous yet insightful commentary on medical ailments and treatments of that era. In this bustling scene, we find Tabitha Grunt seeking consultation from a male physician amidst a room filled with patients suffering from various afflictions. From rheumatism to sore throats, heartburn to headaches, no ailment seems too trivial for this crowded space. Each character is depicted in exaggerated caricature form, emphasizing their physical discomfort and bemusement. Cruikshank's clever use of rhyme and verse adds another layer of amusement as it pokes fun at hypochondriacs and those who seek remedies for every minor complaint. The artist skillfully captures the anxieties surrounding health issues prevalent during that time period. Through this satirical lens, we are reminded of how far medicine has advanced since then while also appreciating the shared human experience of grappling with illness throughout history. This print serves as both an entertaining piece of art and a historical document shedding light on societal attitudes towards health in early 19th-century England. Displayed within private collections today, this enchanting engraving continues to captivate viewers with its wit and charm while offering glimpses into our collective past experiences with

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