Sir Erasmus Wilson

Sir Erasmus Wilson

Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910)

Wood engraving

Punch (19 November 1881): 238

“Rem Acu tetigisti!”

“Punch’s Fancy Portraits. — No. 58”

Sir Erasmus Wilson, a prominent dermatologist, famously became so obsessed with Cleopatra's Needle that he was caricatured in Punch. The Latin caption reads "You have touched the matter with a needle," in other words, "You have hit the nail on the head."

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