The gout

A man sits in an armchair facing right, resting his gouty left foot on a footrest; a cane rests between his legs. He rings a bell and looks over his right shoulder at a young servant who is leaving the room through a door on the left. A hill is visible through a window on the right.

  • Title: The gout [graphic].
  • Publication: [Alnwick] : Printed and published by W. Davison, Alnwick, [between 1812 and 1817]

Catalog Record 

812.00.00.104

Acquired September 2019

I wish you the same madam with all my heart!!

An obese, angry-faced man in a night cap sits in a chair in glaring out the window, his two gouty feet propped up on a pillow and his arms both also bandaged and the right arm in a sling. He is wearing a night cap and a heavy, lined robe; a cane rests against the arm of his upholstered chair. On the table to his right and on the floor to his left are many bottles of medicine with labels. Behind him on the wall is a framed picture of a volcano. decorating three panes of glass are sprigs of holly (?) with red berries.

  • TitleI wish you the same madam with all my heart!! [graphic].
  • Publication[London] : Published Decr. 1832 by O. Hodgson, Cloth Fair, Smithfield, [December 1832]

Catalog Record 

832.12.00.01

Acquired March 2018

John Bulls belly and its members

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“John Bull, grossly obese, sits in an armchair directed to the right, smoking and holding a goblet inscribed ‘For the Belly’ in his left hand. His paunch overweights his legs; from below it projects a bunch of four big seals, shaped like mitres, two inscribed ‘Dublin’ and ‘Armagh’. These dangle against his left leg which is bare except for a tattered green cloth and rests on straw. On the other leg, which has gouty misshapen toes, are a neat stocking and shoe. From the left foot rise the words: ‘Arrah, now Mr Belly don’t be after thinking I’m satisfied–if all the rest are, Och! bother your talk, about dispersing the good things you receive sure none of them come towards me lower than your watch chain: have’nt I been neglected, Och, its withering I am–& tho’ some of your bowels yearn over me & say I might be cured, don’t part of your hard heart wish me Cut down to the bare bone–but Oh, honey if you get into a row, won’t you do better with two stout legs than only one of them–.’ John stares down towards the bare toe, which is only just in his range of vision; his words are in the cloud of smoke issuing from his pipe: ‘Never mind my poor little limb,–as to the belly Clothed in scarlet & fine lawn I smoke its selfishness, & as its head & Governor will see you righted.'”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Seymour, Robert, 1798-1836, printmaker.
  • TitleJohn Bulls belly and its members [graphic] / Esop fecit.
  • PublishedLondon : Published by Thos. McLean, 26 Haymarket, 1829.

Catalog Record

829.00.00.109

Acquired January 2015

Visiting the sick

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  • Printmaker: Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
  • Title: Visiting the sick [graphic] / J. Gillray fec[i]t.
  • Published:[London] : Pubd. July 28th, 1806, by H. Humphrey, 27 St. James’s Street, [1806]

Catalog Record  & Digital Collection

806.07.28.01.1+

Acquired May 2007