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Maker(s):Austin, William
Culture:English (1721-1820)
Title:Major G***N & Lady Landing at Southampton in Cripples Walk
Date Made:1773
Materials:etching; laid paper, ink
Place Made:Great Britain: Greater London, London
Measurements:Sheet: 11 3/4 in x 19 in; 29.8 cm x 48.3 cm; Plate: 10 3/4 in x 15 3/4 in; 27.3 cm x 40 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2021.30.3
Credit Line:Museum Collections Fund
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Satirical print depicting Nathaniel St. Andre (1680-1776), an unqualified but fashionable surgeon who investigated the case of Mary Tofts in 1726, whom professed to be delivered of rabbits. St. Andre vouched for Tofts' story in all its impossible details. In spite of the scandal caused by its exposure he eloped with, and afterwards married, Lady Elizabeth Molyneux on the night of the death of her husband whom he had been professionally attending. The couple settled in Southampton about 1750. In the scene, St. Andre is shown with Lady Molyneux on the Southampton coast. He is using crutches; a gouty left leg is swathed or in a bootikin, and suspended in a sling which goes over his right. shoulder. He has an impossibly protruding waistcoat, and a large club of hair, poking fun of extreme male Macaroni styles of the 1770s. Lady Molyneux follows him, carrying a bottle labeled "Hartshorn" and a long cane. Her profile is witch-like with hooked nose and protruding bearded chin. She is wearing a cross pendant or necklance, and wrapped in a long cloak with large hood that conceals her hair. In the foreground, a dog barks at the two central figures. In the background are other people, some looking directly at the main characters. One is labelled "The Rabbit Doctor, St. A------", under his arm is a large rabbit, a reference to St. Andre. . At the bottom of the print: "Pubd. as the Act Directs May 1st 1773" Handwritten in pencil on the proper right margin is "272 x 398" and "No, 57" is handwritten in cursive ink on the proper left margin.

satire; medicine

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