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Consumption Gallery

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Choose from 24 pictures in our Consumption collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. Popular choices include Framed Prints, Canvas Prints, Posters and Jigsaw Puzzles. All professionally made for quick delivery.


Charles II touching a patient for the Kings evil, c1680 (1903). Artist: Frederick-Hendrik van den Hove Featured Print

Charles II touching a patient for the Kings evil, c1680 (1903). Artist: Frederick-Hendrik van den Hove

Charles II touching a patient for the King's evil, c1680 (1903).The royal touch was a form of laying on of hands, whereby French and English monarchs would touch their subjects, to cure them of various diseases and conditions. It was a ritual most commonly applied to people suffering from tuberculous cervical lymphadenitis, known as scrofula, and exclusively to them from 16th century onwards. The frequency of the ritual reached its height during the reign of Charles II (c1660-1685), the only English monarch who applied royal touch more than French kings. Over 92, 000 scrofulous people were touched by him, over 4, 500 annually. From London in the Time of the Stuarts, by Sir Walter Besant. [Adam & Charles Black, London, 1903]

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Father Thames introducing his offspring to the fair city of London., 1858 Featured Print

Father Thames introducing his offspring to the fair city of London., 1858

Father Thames introducing his offspring to the fair city of London., 1858. (A design for a Fresco in the New Houses of Parliament.) Father Thames introduces his children, Diptheria, Scrofula and Cholera to the lady on the left who represents the City of London. In the background, to the left, can be seen the murky outline of St. Paul's. The architect, George Godwin, in his work Town Swamps and Social Bridges had described how a man living by the Thames had been able to tell the time by the constant reappearance with the sluggish tide of a swollen, dead dog. The summer of 1858 had been very dry and this had heightened the everyday problems caused by the usual filthy state of the Thames. A poem in Punch, Bake, bake, bake, includes the lines, And the swoln dead dogs go down Through the bridges, past Tow'r Hill'. This is a play on the title of Tennyson's famous poem, Break, Break, Break. From Punch, or the London Charivari, July 3, 1858

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