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A German itinerant medicine vendor on horseback selling his wares. Engraving by I. Helman, 1777, after J. Bertaux, 1776.

Bertaux, Jacques, 1745-1818.
Date
[1777]

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Description

The medicine vendor, left, has stopped outside a shop bearing as its shop-sign two pewter bowls (one of them a barber's bowl) and the inscription "La coupelle. Pour la" ("The Assay-house. For ..."): the inscription may be a comment on the medicines being offered for sale. The vendor has vials of medicines in his saddlepack. He wears a tall striped hat and a fur-lined cloak suggesting eastern origin (Saxony or Poland). Left foreground, a soldier beats a drumroll to accompany the vendor's sales-talk

Lettering

Le charlatan allemand. Dédié à Monsieur Gueret, peintre et professeur de l'ecole de desseins de la ville de Lille en Flandre. Par son trés humble et trés obéissant serviteur son eleve et ami Helman. Dessiné par Bertaux en 1776. Gravé par Helman en 1777.

Publication/Creation

Paris (rue des Mathurins au Petit Hôtel de Cluny) : chés l'auteur, graveur de Mgr. le Duc de Chartres, [1777]

Physical description

1 print : line engraving and etching ; platemark 25 x 19.1 cm

Notes

With: Le charlatan françois (this catalogue, no. 20598i), which forms a pair with the present print

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 546400i

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  • French


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