The Tour of Doctor Syntax: In Search of the Picturesque

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Title

The Tour of Doctor Syntax: In Search of the Picturesque

Subject

Social satire

Description

The Tour of Doctor Syntax follows a fictional schoolmaster’s adventures in search of the “picturesque.” A retired schoolmaster, Doctor Syntax stumbles upon outlandish situations and finds himself in humorous predicaments. Rowlandsons’s Doctor Syntax Meditating on the Tomb Stones portrays the doctor with his tourist’s sketchbook, seeking artistic inspiration at the grave yard of a country church, where he finds grave diggers at work and children playing atop the tombstones while their mother prays at one in the background. The somber mood of the scene is lifted by the Doctor’s conversation with the gravedigger, who explains that he is happy to dig the grave belonging to a wicked lawyer named “Thrust.”

Creator

William Combe (1742–1823) and Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827)

Source

[no text]

Publisher

R. Ackermann, London

Date

1812

Contributor

Debra Cashion, in collaboration with Elisabeth Barrett, '15

Format

Printed book on paper; illustrated with hand-colored etchings

Language

[no text]

Type

Text

Identifier

[no text]

Coverage

[no text]

Files

Dr Syntax 6070.jpg

Collection

Citation

William Combe (1742–1823) and Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827), “The Tour of Doctor Syntax: In Search of the Picturesque,” The Anatomist: Early Modern Medical Satire, accessed November 23, 2017, http://anatomist.omeka.net/items/show/24.