'The Surgeons Petition or The Barbers Triumphant', 7 August 1797.
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Etching by George Moutard Woodward. A group of surgeons presents a petition to his 'Morose Lordship', requesting that they no longer be asociated with barbers. Historically, barber-surgeons had carried out surgical procedures as well as providing shaving and haircutting services. The surgeons in this satire want sole rights to 'bleed, cut, draw, lance, probe, saw, hack, mangle, tear, blister, burn, embrocate, fumigate, mend a pate, potion, lotion, palm, pocket, charge and KILL'. The signatures include Launcelot, Loplimb, Simon Slash, and Henry Hackwell. His Lordship responds that they 'may be D[amned] all together!' Published by S W Forbes of Piccadilly, London, on 7 August 1797.