Nancy Linton

William Henry Kearney, British, c. 1800 - 1858. Printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, British, 1789 - 1850.

c. 1833

Hand-colored lithograph

Image and sheet: 13 7/8 x 10 1/2 inches (35.2 x 26.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The William H. Helfand Collection, 2004

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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.