The Anatomist, or Sham Doctor (1807)

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Title

The Anatomist, or Sham Doctor (1807)

Subject

Social satire, Medicine in art

Description

The cast list from this 1807 edition of Ravenscroft’s The Anatomist includes Thomas Rowlandson’s close friend John Bannister (1760-1836). Known especially for his comedic talents, Bannister trained with the great David Garrick (1717-1779), owner and manager of the Royal Theatre at Drury Lane, where this version of The Anatomist was produced. One can imagine Rowlandson enjoying his friend’s performance as Crispin, whose opinions about a visit to the Doctor resonate with Rowlandson’s prints: “No hazard, call you it? I hazard my legs, my arms, veins, arteries, and muscles; and in the Doctor’s gibberish, I hazard incision, dissection, amputation, and circulation, thro’ the systole and diastole. Why sir, in such a case, a physician cuts up a man with as little remorse, as a hangman carves a traitor.”

Creator

Edward Ravenscroft (c.1654–1707)

Source

[no text]

Publisher

John Cawthorn, London

Date

1807

Contributor

Debra Cashion, in collaboration with Elisabeth Barrett, '15

Relation

Format

Printed book on paper

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

[no text]

Coverage

[no text]

Files

Ravenscroft Anatomist 1807 001.jpg

Collection

Citation

Edward Ravenscroft (c.1654–1707), “The Anatomist, or Sham Doctor (1807),” The Anatomist: Early Modern Medical Satire, accessed September 21, 2017, http://anatomist.omeka.net/items/show/23.