A gouty patient having his pulse taken by a doctor

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A gouty patient having his pulse taken by a doctor; representing George IV's opposition to Catholic emancipation, and Wellington's support of it. Coloured etching by T Jones, 1829. King George IV, near the end of his life, sits obese, haggard, and gouty, on a chair surmounted by a crown. Wellington says to him: "A great deal of fever remaining – considerable irritation to be got rid of, then the pill will work well – take plenty of punch by way of alternative." The King replies: "Oh! doctor! doctor! your remedies are worse than the disease – they are undermining the constitution!". Created April 1829. John Bull (Symbolic character). Physician and patient. Gout. Thrones. House furnishings – Great Britain (- 19th century). Wigs. Crutches. Catholic emancipation. Constitutions. Great Britain. George IV, King of Great Britain (1762–1830). Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (1769–1852). Contributors: Thomas Howell Jones (active 1828). Work ID: adfdx4yv.

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