Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

Three figures in dresses tied up around their knees. One at the right back sits on the bank of a marsh, with their hand on a small dark brown barrel. The central figure holds a small black leech in their left hand and a similar little barrel in their right. The last figure, at the left, has their back to us and pushes a long wooden pole into the marsh bank. There are bits of decaying fence and leafy greens around the marsh edges. A steeple rises in the left background.

Title:  The Costume of Yorkshire, Leech Finders

Artist/Maker: R. Havell, after George Walker

Date: 1814

Source: Science Museum Group Collection

Copyright/Permissions: © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

References: Cf. William Wordsworth, “Resolution and Independence”

Location(s): Leeds, England

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