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Title The Clyster in Use
Collection Wellcome Library
Artist French School
Date Earliest about 1700
Date Latest about 1750
Description This work demonstrates the use of a clyster or cluster-pipe, a medical instrument used for applying enemas by surgeons. Within the picture are a number of monkeys, two of whom are imitating the action of the doctor inserting the clyster into his patient. This painting is one of a pair. It is probably by a painter from the South of France, where it was purchased. The costume dates the work to about 1700.
Current Accession Number 45047i
Former Accession Number CC 8440; P 3165/1939
Subject figure; interior; landscape; animal (monkey); allegory (imitation)
Measurements 90.0 x 48.6 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Henry Solomon Wellcome 1936.
Provenance Purchased with CC 8440, 20 Rue des Cordeliers, Pau, in Raas or Rau (?), Pau, April 1928, 6,000 francs (50) for the two works; in the collection of Henry Solomon Wellcome, April 1928.
Notes Humphrey Wine of the National Gallery, London thinks that the work may have come from Southern France as the painting which was purchased in France is not very 'French' in appearance. It is a pair with a picture, Pharmacy 44595i or CC 8441. The Capt. Peter Johnston-Saint correspondence does show anything for this period.
Rights Owner (c) The Wellcome Trust
Author Dr Madeleine Korn

 

 

 

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