William Henry Kearney, British, c. 1800 - 1858. Printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, British, 1789 - 1850.
Shockingly, this portrayal of Nancy Linton shows how she looked after she had taken Swaim's Panacea, a syrup extracted from the roots of the sarsaparilla plant. According to a lengthy description published in a treatise by William Swaim in 1833, Miss Linton had been suffering from a severe case of scrofula since the age of twelve, and all previous treatments had proven unavailing. As the name Swaim's Panacea suggests, the product claimed to have sweeping curative powers.