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Title An Itinerant Tooth-Drawer Performing on a Stage
Alternative Title The Charlatan
Collection Wellcome Library
Artist Attributed to French School
Date Earliest 1800
Date Latest 1900
Description This is a nineteenth-century painting of an itinerant tooth-drawer performing on a stage. Dentists, like doctors, were often seen as quacks and tooth pulling was often a fairground attraction. This follows the popular seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish tradition of scenes from everyday life in which the professions of medicine and dentistry were often lampooned. This work many be by a French painter, about 1860.
Current Accession Number 44636i
Former Accession Number CC 8485 or 3485
Subject figure; everyday life; landscape
Measurements 19.3 x 24.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Henry Solomon Wellcome 1936.
Provenance Purchased from M. Bouchery Bénézit, 9 Rue des Beaux Arts, Paris, 12 June 1933, 700 fr (£5 12s 6d) as The Charlatan; in the collection of Henry Solomon Wellcome, 12 June 1933.
Notes The figures are wearing unusual types of costume as one is wearing a skirt and the other a harlequin patterned outfit. A painting by Matthijs Naiveu, Candle-lit Interior (Museum Boijimans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam) shows an interior with an Harlequin figure in it and this is dated about 1700.
Rights Owner (c) The Wellcome Trust
Author Dr Madeleine Korn




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