London doctors, satirical artwork

London doctors, satirical artwork

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Caption: The Company of Undertakers (1736), also known as 'Consultation of Quacks'. This satirical artwork was designed and engraved by the English artist William Hogarth (1697-1764). It takes the form of a coat-of-arms with crossbones and the Latin motto 'Et Plurima Mortis Imago' (And Many an Image of Death). The three figures at top, from left to right, are: John Taylor, Sarah Mapp, and Joshua Ward. Those below them are sniffing the disinfectant in their canes. This version is from 'Die Karikatur und Satire in der Medizin' (Caricature and Satire in Medicine, 1921) by the German art historian and physician Eugen Hollander (1867-1932).

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