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A monkey barber's shop. Engraving after P. van der Borcht.

Borcht, Petrus van der, 1545-1608.


Free to use with attribution CC BYCredit: Wellcome Collection
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In the foreground, one monkey is being shaved, another is having its hair cut; to the right of the latter, a monkey holds up a mirror; behind him stoops a monkey on crutches. Two small monkeys play in front of them. In the middle of the picture, a group of monkeys are dragging another towards a chair, on which sits presently a monkey undergoing treatment. To the right, a monkey prepares its tools. At the top of the picture a female monkey prepares something in a pot above a furnace. All the patients are bareheaded, while the barber-surgeons wear hats


Tra simie, e simiolti, un mar di simie,/ ch'ad altre simie san la barberia/ e simiando tra lor con uarie scrime/ uoglion parer dottor di cirusia: ...


[Florence?] : Gio. Flor. for.

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1 print : line engraving ; platemark 22.8 x 15.4 cm


Wellcome Library no. 17887i


  • Italian

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A monkey barber's shop. Engraving after P. van der Borcht. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

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