A travelling tooth-drawer and medicine vendor in a town near Rome. Engraving by A.L. Richter, ca. 1834, after D.W. Lindau.
- Lindau, Dietrich Wilhelm, 1799-1862
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The medicine vendor sits on horseback, centre, holding a sword. He has snakes around his neck and shoulders. In front of him, a man who has had a tooth extracted: with his finger he feels the cavity where the tooth had been. Left, the vendor's assistant, on foot, blowing a trumpet to attract the crowd; he has a chest of medicines suspended in front of him. Left, right, and in the backgrounds, townsfolk and buildings. In the right foreground, a cobbler. Next to the horse, a woman with her hand on her cheek indicates that she wishes to have a tooth extracted
Proskauer interprets the action of the tooth-drawer as meaning that he has used the sword to prise out the tooth. It is possible however that he is only using the sword to display the tooth. It is possible that the man who acts as if he has had a tooth extracted is really a colleague of the tooth-drawer
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