The countess, having taken a dose of laudanum nears death, and is kissed by her sickly child held towards her by an …

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The countess, having taken a dose of laudanum nears death, and is kissed by her sickly child held towards her by an elderly maid; her father slips her ring from her finger. Engraving by Louis Gérard Scotin after William Hogarth, 1745. The view through the window is of Old London Bridge and the Thames river. An apothecary summoned to the scene exits holding a traditional gold-headed walking cane. A scrawny dog tugs at the ear of a pig's head on a dish, indicating the frugality of the merchant. Another apothecary rages at a servant, who, judging from his countenance and physiognomy, is feeble-minded. Protruding from the former's pocket is a ring-pull from a syringe and a bottle labelled "julep", a sedative. The pictures constrast with the Italian Old Masters belonging to the Squanderfields and comprise Dutch genre scenes and a still-life. Also of interest is an "almanack" stuck to the wall. Created 1745. Contributors: William Hogarth (1697–1764); Louis Gérard Scotin (1690–). Work ID: nbb36tnq.

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