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William Hogarth - Debates on Palmistry

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The figures employed in the study of Palmistry seem to have been designed for Physicians and Surgeons of an Hospital, who are debating on the most commodious method of receiving a fee, inattentive to the complaints of a lame Female who solicits assistance. A Spectre, resembling the Royal Dane, comes out behind, perhaps to intimate that physick and poison will occasionally produce similar effects. A Glass-case, containing Skeletons, is open, a Crocodile hangs overhead; and an Owl, emblematic of this sapient consistory, is perched on a high stand.

Mr. Steevens conjectured that this might have been a repented effort of hasty spleen against the Officers of St. Bartholomew's, who might not have treated some recommendation of a patient from our Artist with all the respect and attention to which he thought it was entitled: but this is mere supposition.


Mise à jour le 27 juin 2014
Créé le 20 juin 2013
ISSN 2107-7029
DGESCO Clé des Langues