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‘A Midwife going to a labour’, 1811.

Hand coloured etching by Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827) published by T Tegg, London. It is headed ‘Teggs Caricatures, No 55’, and shows the midwife as a blowsy, obese, aged woman, who has been called out on a squally night, her hooded red cloak battling with heavy wind and rain. She wears pattens (shoeblocks to protect against mud on the cobbles) and a blue-ribboned straw hat over a white cap. She carries a lighted lantern, a bundle and a drink bottle. To the left is a watchman asleep in his box, with another lantern on a pole. To the right is a chimney sweep with tools and bag.

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