Social satire, Medicine in art
Doctor Drainbarrel, “conveyed home in order to take his trial for neglect of family duty,” depicts an inebriated doctor unwillfully collected from a country ale house. Pushed in a wheel barrel by a servant with a roving eye, he is followed by his angry wife who doesn’t know her dress has revealed her attributes. The situation forewarns that she has other opportunities if her husband neglects her. A rooster with a flock of chickens imitates the wife’s gesture, as if to say that he knows how to be a better husband than the doctor does. A church included in the background landscape suggests that the doctor should be attending church instead of idling away his time at the pub.
Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827)
Thomas Tegg, London
Debra Cashion, in collaboration with Elisabeth Barrett, '15
Hand-colored etchin; original dimensions, 240 x 341 mm
Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827), “Doctor Drainbarrel,” The Anatomist: Early Modern Medical Satire, accessed November 23, 2017, http://anatomist.omeka.net/items/show/17.