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Mary Tofts, The Pretended Rabbit Breeder

  • FE0175

Engraving of Mary Toft (also known as Mary Tofts) who claimed in 1726 to have given birth to rabbits. Somehow this was confirmed by multiple surgeons as valid, but under intense scrutiny Toft admited the hoax. The following public mockery ruined the careers of several prominent surgeons. This engraving is after the painting by Jon Laguerre, 1726. Some toning and light markings around engraving.