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Title
The Costume of Yorkshire, Leech finders
Print: coloured aquatint from The Costume of Yorkshire / George
Work Type
Art
Date
1814
Location
Leeds
Material
aquatint
paper
Measurements
overall: 235 mm x 322 mm
Description
Print, coloured aquatint from The Costume of Yorkshire / George Walker, 1814. engraved by R. Havell after G. Walker, pub. April 1, 1814 by Robinson & Son, Leeds, Pl. 35 Leech finders [women collecting leeches] mounted: 35x43.5cm
Leeches, a type of worm with suckers at both ends of the body, were used in bloodletting. It was the job of the leech finders, usually women, to collect these creatures for medical use. The leeches attached themselves to the legs and feet of the women who plucked them off and stored them in the little barrels of water. Doctors grew rich at the expense of these low paid women. Leeches were such a popular treatment that by 1830 demand outstripped supply all over Europe. Today, leeches are used following plastic and reconstructive surgery as they help restore blood flow and circulation. The print appeared in Costume of Yorkshire, published by George Walker in 1814.
Accession Number
Subject
print
ID Number
co508556
Source
Image and original data from Science Museum Group
Rights
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