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A doctor, straddled by a skeleton, holds a full purse in his hands; signifying that he lives well off others' deaths. Coloured lithograph by G. Engelmann.

  • Engelmann, G. (Godefroy), 1788-1839.
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16059i
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Description

Two pall-bearers are walking in the bottom right-hand corner. The script in the skeleton's hand says "ordonnance", signifying the collusion of the doctor with the call of death. The doctor has large, pink ears (although in another version of this print, record number 16058, the 'ears' are grey, indicating either that they may be part of the suit or that they are asses' ears), which have a devilish quality

Publication/Creation

Martinet.

Physical description

1 print : lithograph, with watercolour ; image 30.8 x 21 cm

Lettering

Un médecin allant soigner ses malades. Lith. par Engelmann

Lettering note

The purse is inscribed with "100. guinées"

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 16059i

Languages

  • French


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