A man walking along a country path is attacked by a bodysnatcher hiding behind a brick wall, who asphyxiates him by thrusting a heart-shaped plaster in his face.

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Title

A man walking along a country path is attacked by a bodysnatcher hiding behind a brick wall, who asphyxiates him by thrusting a heart-shaped plaster in his face.

Subject

Body Snatching, Murder, Asphyxiation, Anatomy, Medicine

Description

According to the Wellcome Collection, "The Oxford English dictionary defines 'pitch-plaster' as 'A dressing containing pitch, used as a depilatory. Also: a dressing containing Burgundy pitch, used in the treatment of chest and rheumatic disorders' and cites J. Theobald, Every man his own physician, 1764, 'Scald head. Cover the head with a pitch plaster spread on leather'; also Times 3 Dec. 1913, 'There circulated stories of gangs..whose business it was to attack lonely travellers, apply pitch plasters to the mouth and nostrils, strangle their victims, and sell the bodies'."

Creator

Dickey Fubs

Publisher

London (Cheapside) : J. Tregear, 1828.

Date

1828

Contributor

Kelly Collins

Rights

Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Format

Original: etching, with watercolour; File: PDF

Language

English

Type

Etching; still image

Identifier

Wellcome Library no. 663319i

Coverage

19th century

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

etching, with watercolour

Physical Dimensions

image and border 37.8 x 24.8

Files

bodysnatcher.jpg

Citation

Dickey Fubs, “A man walking along a country path is attacked by a bodysnatcher hiding behind a brick wall, who asphyxiates him by thrusting a heart-shaped plaster in his face.,” Enlightenmens, accessed August 10, 2022, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/839.

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