The Female Consultation on the Blessed Medicine
23 cm x 15.5 cm (9 1/16 in. x 6 1/8 in.)
Medium and Support:
Mezzotint with burin
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Karen G. and Dr. Elgin W. Ware, Jr. Collection, 2000
“Blessed medicine” is a euphemism for the treatment of syphilis, putting the probity of these women into question. Practically from the origin of the medium, anonymous printmakers conveyed subjects of everyday concern using rudimentary techniques. Occasionally, such popular subjects have appeared in “artistic” works. Over the course of the eighteenth-century, and especially in England, this upward migration became more common. This print, done in the most sophisticated technique of the day––mezzotint––is a choice example.