Publish'd Jany. 28th. 1804, by H. Humphrey, St James's Street, London.
Coloured etching. 265 x 200mm (10½ x 8"). Slight damage on left, laid on album paper.
An invalid sits before a bowl, his mournful-looking manservant holding his head as he waits for the inevitable. One in a series (with 'Taking Physick', 'Brisk - Cathartic', 'Breathing a Vein' & 'Charming - Well again), all of which appear in Humphrey's shop window in Gillray's 'Very Slippy-Weather' (1808), alongside some of Gillray's more famous satires. As the display celebrates Gillray's domestic arrangements (it includes two prints in which Hannah Humphrey, Gillray's partner and publisher, is recognisable) it is conceivable that the patient in this satire is Gillray himself. The series certainly had significance for the caricaturist.
BM Satires 10304.
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