The Headache

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The Headache
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George Cruikshank

The Headache

London, G. Humphrey Feb 12th. 1819

Etching

Original hand colouring

210 x 260 mm

£350

A man, thin, elderly, and bald, leans back despairingly in an arm-chair by the fire, grimacing with upturned eyes, and holding a (useless) medicine-bottle. He is tormented by six little demons; one bores into his skull with an auger, another with a bit. A third raises a mallet to strike a wedge into the skull. One sits on his victim's shoulder, holding a music-book and bawling into his ear, another blows a trumpet against his cheek. A sixth runs up his arm to bring a red-hot poker into action. BM 13439

From the collection of Dr. C.S. Warren, Descendant of Dr. Joseph Warren of Bunker Hill fame.