More Don-Key's!It is well-known that Asse's are particularly fond of having their Back's Rubbed.
Pub.d 1830 by S.W. Fores, 41 Piccadilly London.
Coloured etching. 250 x 360mm, 9¾ x 14¼". Mounted on album paper.
Four donkeys suck tubes sprouting from a barrel marked 'Foetid gas' (in reverse) while a woman and a groom scrub their balding backs with brushes. In the background a man runs from a beadle with a coroner's warrent, shouting 'D.I.O. [Damme I'm off] I'll give you the Long trot'. To the right is 'Long John's Rubbing Stable', closed down. Satire on an infamous quack, John St John Long, who 'treated' consumption and other ailments with corrosive liniments and friction. Despite being denounced in the Lancet as 'king of humbugs' and the deaths of two patients (whose names can be seen in the graveyard), his influential friends and clients seem to have protected him, and the two charges of manslaughter culminated with only one fine of £250. One of these friends would seem to be Mayor of London John Key, whom Heath satirised as 'Don Key'.
BM Satire: 16427.
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