Here Folly, Ignorance, and Pride, Combine [/] To prove Him, of the true Duncean line.Studious he sate, with all his books around [/] Sinking from thought to thought, a vast profound! [/] Plung'd for his sence, but found no bottom there; [/] Then writ, & flounder'd on, in mere despair / Thro' Luna Veil'd one truly D-ll, we see / Nor fear to tell that Mortimer is He. / Pope'
Engraving with large margins. 210 x 170mm (8¼ x 6¾"). Faint crease.
Satire of Dr Cromwell Mortimer (c.1693-1752), a British physician, antiquary and second secretary of the Royal Society from 1730-1752. He sits at a table reading, surrounded by books, goaded by the devil. Twin portraits of Cromwell and Mortimer on the wall behind give a clue to his identitiy. It is believed the print was engraved by Jacques Rigaud (1681-1754) after Jane Hogarth (1709-1789), William Hogarth's wife. 'The date and immediate occasion of this satirical print do not appear; it was probably issued soon after the circulation of Mortimer's letter, 1744 [...] "The plan of Dr. Mortimer's present method of practice"; it announced, in the usual style of quack doctors, that he had specifics for every disease' (BM Satires).
BM Satire 2681.
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