c1847 Antique Hand-Colored Caricature Print James Gillray Quack Medicine Doctor

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Seller: printyman (22,904) 100%, Location: Brunswick, Maryland, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 312781507916 The print is a hand-colored etching with aquatint by James Gillray, printed circa 1847.The print was printed from the original copperplate etched by Gillray.The print comes from "The Works of James Gillray from the Original Plates with the Addition of Many Subjects Not Before Collected," published in London by Henry G. Bohn, 1847 - 1851. The image is titled : "Metallic Tractors." The image is a caricature of a quack doctor treating a patient with Perkins Patent Tractors. The back side of the sheet has another caricature print by Gillray titled : "Elegance Democratique." The sheet measures 15 3/4 X 12 inches and is in good / fair condition due to a 1" repaired tear on the left edge, a 1/2" repaired tear on the bottom edge, age toning and foxing spots. Elisha Perkins (January 16, 1741 – September 6, 1799) was a United States physician who created his own therapy, Perkins Patent Tractors.[1] It was later subject of the first placebo research. The tractors consisted of two 3-inch metal rods with a point at the end. Although they were made of steel and brass, Perkins claimed that they were made of unusual metal alloys. Perkins used his rods to cure inflammation, rheumatism and pain in the head and the face. He applied the points on the aching body part and passed them over the part for about 20 minutes. Perkins claimed they could "draw off the noxious electrical fluid that lay at the root of suffering". After Perkins' death, British physicians began to have doubts about his tractors. In 1799, Dr. John Haygarth conducted a test in which he treated five rheumatic patients with wooden tractors that were made to resemble the metallic ones. Four of them reported that the pain was relieved. The next day the patients were treated with metallic tractors with the same results. Dr. Haygarth reported on his findings in a publication entitled On the Imagination as a Cause & as a Cure of Disorders of the Body. Attempts to use the tractors to cure animals proved futile. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.] This is an antique print guaranteed to be over 150 years old. Please see the photos & scans included with the description for condition and feel free to ask any questions. Shipping Costs: Buyer to pay $4.95 postage and handling in US. International at cost - shipping calculated by location.**The print will be mailed in a mailing tube. ** I will combine postage with other items which can be mailed in a similar way. To combine shipping, please add all of the items to your cart before paying.I accept Pay Pal as payment. Thank you for looking! James Gillray (1757 – 1 June 1815) was a British caricaturist and printmaker famous for his etched political and social satires, mainly published between 1792 and 1810. Many of his works are held at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Gillray has been called "the father of the political cartoon", with his works satirizing George III, prime ministers and generals. Regarded as being one of the two most influential cartoonists, the other being William Hogarth, Gillray's wit and humour, knowledge of life, fertility of resource, keen sense of the ludicrous, and beauty of execution, at once gave him the first place among caricaturists. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.] Condition: The print is a hand-colored etching with aquatint by James Gillray, printed circa 1847. The print was printed from the original copperplate etched by Gillray. The print comes from "The Works of James Gillray from the Original Plates with the Addition of Many Subjects Not Before Collected," published in London by Henry G. Bohn, 1847 - 1851. The image is titled : "Metallic Tractors." The image is a caricature of a quack doctor treating a patient with Perkins Patent Tractors. The back side of the sheet has another caricature print by Gillray titled : "Elegance Democratique." The sheet measures 15 3/4 X 12 inches and is in good / fair condition due to a 1" repaired tear on the left edge, a 1/2" repaired tear on the bottom edge, age toning and foxing spots. Please see the photos, scans & full description below for condition & feel free to ask any questions., Size: Medium (up to 36in.), Artist: James Gillray, Style: Caricature, Listed By: Dealer or Reseller, Printing Technique: Aquatint & Etching, Medium: Aquatint, Date of Creation: 1800-1899, Original/Reproduction: Original Print, Art: Print, Year: 1847, Features: Hand Colored, Width (Inches): 15 3/4, Subject: Medicine, Originality: Original, Height (Inches): 12, Print Surface: Paper

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