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A Potato Shaking Hands with Edward Jenner, Claiming Him as a Fellow Vaccinator

Photo credit: Wellcome Collection

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The potato is called Paddy Fluke because Paddy was a nickname given to Irishmen and Ireland was associated with potatoes and because a fluke was a variety of kidney potato. The potato has arms and legs and wears a blue jacket. The figure supposed to be Edward Jenner looks nothing like Jenner's portraits, being thin and bespectacled, wearing a black suit and a broad black hat. He may stand for vaccinators in general.

Wellcome Collection

London


Date

19th C

Medium

watercolour, pen & brown ink on paper (?)

Measurements

H 9.5 x W 10 cm

Accession number

29573i

Acquisition method

purchased by the Wellcome Library from Chris Beetles, 1996

Work type

Drawing & watercolour


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