The consultation or last hope, by Thomas Rowlandson (1808)

Five doctors have been called in consultation to see an obese patient suffering from gout. An old nurse on the left is deeply asleep. Several other doctors shown on the right are waiting their turn to give their opinion—in this age when consultation by multiple physicians was the custom.

The Consultation or Last Hope, by Thomas Rowlandson. 1808. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 


 

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