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Resurection [sic] men disturbed, or a guilty conscience needs no accuser.

Author Cruikshank, Isaac
Title Resurection [sic] men disturbed, or a guilty conscience needs no accuser.
Imprint London: Fores
Date of Publication 1794
Language English
Notes This is a hand-coloured satirical etching by Scottish artist Isaac Cruikshank (1764-1811) depicting a gruesome scene of six men, one with wig and tricorn hat which may indicate that he is a doctor, caught in the act of removing corpses from graves they have just opened up. Before the Anatomy Act of 1832 body snatching, or grave robbing, was often the only means of obtaining human bodies for use in anatomical lessons in the growing number of medical schools. The practice led to relatives of a deceased person mounting a vigil beside the grave to deter the ironically-named "resurrection men".
Shelfmark RB.l.252
Acquired on 09/06/09
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