About this artwork

Originally published in book form, this contemporary lithograph is one of a series which parodies lines from Shakespeare to mock Dr Robert Knox (1793-1862) and his associations with the so-called "body snatchers" William Burke and William Hare. Burke and Hare were infamous for the murder and delivery of bodies to the anatomy lecturer and ethnologist Dr Knox for dissection. An earlier lithograph in the series declared, "The present impression on the minds of the people is, that one gentleman stands in the same relation to Burke, that the murderer of Banquo did to Macbeth".

R.H. Nimmo

R.H. Nimmo

Nimmo was an Edinburgh engraver and lithographer who was active between 1827 and 1829. His work comprises a range of subjects including portraits, birds and animals, and topographical works. He exhibited several times throughout his career at the Royal Scottish Academy.