A husband and wife ask a quack doctor for advice about health: he suggests substituting himself for the husband in the wife's affections, and she agrees. Mezzotint by J. Simon, 17--, after E. Jeaurat.
- Jeaurat, Etienne, 1699-1789.
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A story described in an epigram by Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, Epigrammes, 1723, lib. I, epigram XI: the quack doctor is called "L'operateur Barri"
1 print : mezzotint
Laurie Marty de Cambiaire (ed.), Tableaux et dessins, Paris: Marty de Cambiaire, 2017, pp. 132-133, no. 6 (does not mention this mezzotint)
Wellcome Library no. 22263i
Lettering from the British Museum online catalogue: "The quack. The wife and husband of the quack enquire ... For as I know the means I'll strive to live. E. Jeaurat pinx. ; I. Simon fecit"
After the painting by Jeaurat offered for sale at Sotheby's, New York, 5 June 2014, Old Master Paintings, lot 50, and subsequently with Marty de Cambiaire, Paris, or after an engraving by J.J. Balechou after that painting