Doctor Gallipot placing his Fortune at the feet of his Mistress thro' Physic to the Dogs
13 x 15.5 inches
Etching and aquatint on copperplate; drawn and engraved by Thomas Rowlandson and published in London in 1808.
In this splendid image we see a rather ugly doctor on bended knee before his attractive and somewhat astonished young female patient. The venerable doctor is declaring his love for the lady whilst gesturing towards a bottle that contains "Elixir of Life Drops". By offering her this potion he is promising her eternal life, presumably with him at her side: little wonder she looks so shocked! A strategically placed syringe suggests how he might be planning to administer the dosage. A footman stands behind a partially opened door amused at the unfolding scene.