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A dentist demonstrating the adaptability of false teeth to an apprehensive patient by taking out his own. Ink drawing by C. Keene, 1877.

  • Keene, Charles, 1823-1891
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Physical description

1 drawing : brown ink and grey wash with white gouache ; image and border 14.3 x 10.6 cm



References note

Reproduced with some differences: Punch, 3 November 1877 (Wellcome Library catalogue no. 13818i), reverse to the drawing and with working-class features of dentist's speech removed; also sign on wall in Punch version ("Fang!! Painless dentistry - moderate charge") not yet in the drawing; title changed to "Plain to demonstration"; Patient changed to Customer

Lettering note

Bears dialogue: Patient. "They must be very irksome at first." Dentist (exultantly). "Not a bit on it , sir! Look ere, sir!" (Flicks out an [deleted and replaced by his] entire mouthful) Ere's my huppers, and there's my hunders!!"


Wellcome Library no. 643346i


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