The Company of Undertakers
7 x 10.5 inches
A copper plate etching by William Hogarth in which he mocks the medical profession; published in London by Robert Sayer in collaboration with Jane Hogarth, 1767.
t is not undertakers who are represented here but rather the medical profession. In this highly whimsical image Hogarth presents us with a represented coat of arms for the medical profession where death overcomes recovery. Many of the faces depicted resemble well known doctors and physicians of the day. The print is bordered in black like a mourning card and the Latin inscription reads "Et Plurima Mortis Imago" (And many an image of death).