"the complaint of the great Doctor Misaubin "
John Misaubin (right) argues with Dr. Richard Rock in A Harlot’s Progress, 1732 - Credit: William Hogarth
John (Jean) Misaubin (1673-1734) was an 18th century physician. He was born in France, and qualified there as a doctor. As a Huguenot, he fled France for London, and established himself with a practice in St Martin’s Lane. In 1719, he became a licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians.
Despite his robust qualifications, he appeared in a number of satirical prints. He was ridiculed for his fondness for alcohol, his outlandish manners, and his strong French accent. He was the model for the doctor in William Hogarth’s The Harlot’s Progress.
He died in London, and his death notices referred to him as "the eminent physician".