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Title A Surgeon Extracting a Tooth
Alternative Title A Dental Operation
Collection Wellcome Library
Artist Unknown
Date Earliest about 1780
Date Latest possibly 1900
Signed yes
Description A surgeon is extracting a tooth in a room of a blacksmith. 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 profession of medicine and dentistry was often lampooned. The work may be after the Flemish seventeenth-century artist, David Teniers I who is known for his scenes of this subject.
Current Accession Number 44617i
Former Accession Number P 390/1939
Subject figure; interior; still life; everyday life
Measurements 20.2 x 17.3 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on metal
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Henry Solomon Wellcome 1936.
Notes The accession card calls the painting A Dental Operation. There is a no '581' on the reverse.
Rights Owner (c) The Wellcome Trust
Author Dr Madeleine Korn




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