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Print made by Henry William Bunbury, 1750–1811, British

The Battle of the Cataplasm

Part Of:

Collective Title: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

between 1773 and 1817
Hand-colored etching on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 11 1/8 x 17 3/4 inches (28.2 x 45.1 cm), Plate: 9 3/4 x 13 11/16 inches (24.8 x 34.8 cm), and Image: 8 1/16 x 12 5/8 inches (20.5 x 32 cm)

Lettered, lower left under image: "H Bunbury Esqr Del"; lower center under image: "The Battle of the Cataplasm. vide Tris Shandy Vol 4"; lower center: "Susannah rowing one way & looking another, set Fire to Dr. Slops wig which being somewhat bushy & ridiculous with all was as soon burnt as kindled__you Impudent Whore cried Splops for what is | Passion but a wild Beast, you Impudent whore cried Slop, getting upright with teh Cataplasm in his hand__I never was the destruction of any body's nose said Susannah, which is more thna you can say is it Cried Slop | Throwing the cataplasm in her face yes it is cried Susannah returning the compliment with what was left in the pan."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
angry | baby | broken | candle | children | clock | cradle | crib | fire | gesturing | illustration | literary theme | men | mirror | nose | novel | physician | pinching | plaster | screen | servant | shouting | smoke | stool | The Battle of the Cataplasm (from Tristram Shandy) | The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, by Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) | throwing | tricorn | wig | woman
Associated People:
Susannah (from Tristram Shandy)
Dr. Slop
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