Touch for Touch or a Female Physician in full Practice: late 18th-early 19th century
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Touch for Touch or a female Physician in full Practice. Ink and watercolour over pencil. An old man slips coins into the hand of a woman in white dress and feather as he leaves the 'consulting room'. Outside the door a Jewish man can be seen explaining his 'malady' to the 'physician's' servant girl. The door carries the legend Old Sarum - the most notorious of the rotten boroughs prior to the Reform Act of 1832 from which its owner was able to derive a considerable income - and a paper in the old man's pocket reads 'Writ of Ejectment Retaining Fee'. With this watercolour, Rowlandson satirises the corruption of the political process: on the verso the title is written in capitals along with an alternative, rejected title: 'Bribery and Corruption - an old Member trying to get into a Rotten Borough'.
1799 AD - 1811 AD