A Polite Artist.on St Lukes day, under the patronage of Dr. Bardana &c. &c
Etching, 170 x 120mm. 6¾ x 4¾".
Portrait of Dr Sir John Hill (c.1714 - 1775) standing in profile to the left. Under his arm is a large book inscribed 'Vegetab[le] Syste[m] by D ...' He wears patched old-fashioned clothes and torn stockings, and a short wig which fails to conceal his own hair. His hat is under his right arm, a cane under the left Hill was a quack or charlatan with a diploma of medicine from the University of St. Andrews, but a botanist of some repute. He began the publication of his 'Vegetable System' in 1759, the last of twenty-six folio volumes coming out in 1775. He was said to be ‘in a chariot one month, in jail the next for debt’. One of his remedies was advertised as ‘Elixir of Bardana or Essence of Water Dock’. From 'Characters, Macaronies & Caricatures, by MDarly', in an album of caricatures published by Mary Darly dated January 1776. It seems that her husband Matthew made the plates. Numbered 'V.6' upper left and '24' upper right.
BM Satires: 5168.
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