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British History (Angus McBride)
The Golden Age of Quackery II (Original)

The Golden Age of Quackery II (Original) by British History (Angus McBride) at The Illustration Art Gallery

Ref: McBrideQuackII (Click for LARGE picture)

Artist: Angus McBride (biography)
Medium: Gouache on Board
Size: 8" x 12" (200mm x 295mm)
Date: 1968

This is the original Gouache painting by Angus McBride.

Count Alessandro Di Cagliostro, an Italian of no noble birth whatsoever arrived in London in 1771 peddling various false medicines. By posing as a rich Count he was able to fool nearly all the people nearly all the time with quack medicines or other confidence trickster connivances.

Ironically, he and his wife became embroiled in the scandal over Marie Antoinette's jewels and his innocence didn't prevent a stay in the Bastille after which he was rejected by every country.

This is the original artwork for illustration on p32 of Look and Learn issue no 577 (3 February 1973).

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British History (Angus McBride)

British History (Angus McBride)