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"The Resurrection or an Internal View of the Museum in W-D M-LL street on the last day" 1782
CRE ROWLANDSON, Thomas; (English; 1756-1827); attributed to PUB Humphrey, H
printed in black on white laid paper
18.9 x 31.1
Inscription reads: "THE RESURRECTION / or an Internal View of the Museum in W-m-ll Street , on the last Day / Pubd. as the Act directs Feby. 6 th. 1782 by H. Humphrey No.18 New Bond Street; Inscr in plate in balloons "My Wife risen again!-that's one / Rib more than I wish'd to find / What this! arrah be easy my Dear / Devil burn me if it be not my own even I know / it by the lump on the Shin here // Damn me Sir that's- / -my Legg // Where's my Head // O what a smash among my Bottles & / Preparations! never did I suppose that / such a day would come // Restore to me my Virgin - honer did I keep it / inviolated 75 Years to have it corkd / -up at last- // Prodigiously obligd to you-Sweet Sir- // My Dear Madam I hope you are well / I am over-joyd to see you // Lack-a-day!did nobody see an odd large Stomach / O what shall I do if I have left my Stomach". Watermark: A horned crown surmounting a shield with a fleur-de-lys.
NFA assisted purchase. This caricature shows a toothless Dr Hunter, late on in life, in his Museum on the Day of Resurrection, when all his dissected bodies are imagined coming back to life. While the resurrected bodies demand their missing parts back, two winged devils are ready to collect the souls that will be damned. The image is possibly the only image of the interior of Hunter's Great Windmill Street Museum. The caricature clearly shows that the large room was elliptical in shape, and that the museum contents were disposed on two floors, the upper one a gallery supported on classical pillars. Since Thomas Rowlandson was a student of the Royal Academy (1772-78), he may well have attended Hunter's anatomical lectures. The anatomical preparations were the most numerous and important objects preserved in Hunter's galleried museum and library, which expanded greatly towards the end of his life to cover many subjects including natural history, ethnography, numismatics and painting.
HUNTER 2007 : HUNTERIAN MUSEUM, WINDMILL STREET : SKELETON : SKULL : DEVIL : MUTILATION : ARCADE : PREPARATION JAR : SATIRE : CARICATURE : MUSEUM :