The Water Cure
Hand coloured wood engraving, probably by William Linton
5½ x 4 inches
Illustration for Thackeray’s The Kickleburys on the Rhine, facing p.59.
Thackeray’s take on ‘the water cure’ which led to the setting up of ‘spas’ in England and Wales, notably in Malvern, Droitwich, Leamington and Harrogate, and encouraged middle-class tourists to pursue the treatment at elite resorts across Europe. However, as Thackeray notes, the water often tasted ‘abominable’ (p.58). The young man’s facial expression makes this clear.
Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.
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