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A Bawd on her Last Legs (BM 1868,0612.1239)

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A Bawd on her Last Legs (BM 1868,0612.1239)

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A fat old woman leans back in an armchair, her left leg thrust forward. She pulls up her petticoat to display the bare leg, on which is a running sore, to an aged doctor (right), who bends over it, holding his spectacles to his eyes. Her desperate plight is apparent in the fixed stare with which she looks up and to the right. By her side (left) is a bottle and glass. A pretty young courtesan, resting her left arm on the back of the chair, leans forward to hold a candle above the leg. 1 October 1792
Hand-coloured etching and aquatint

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1792
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British Museum
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