A figure dressed in a cholera safety suit. Coloured etching after J. Petzl (?), ca. 1832.

  • Petzl, Josef, 1803-1871.
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[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [1832?]

Physical description

1 print : etching, with watercolour


Cholera preventive costume. He who would defend himself from the contagious cholera must be dressed in the following manner. ... Lettering continues with an extensive printed description of the costume's intricacies

References note

E. Holländer, Eugen Holländer, Die Karikatur and Satire in der Medizin, Stuttgart: Ferdinand Enke, 1921, p. 187 (German version reproduced)
On the 'Preservativmann' in caricatures on cholera, see E. Holländer, Die Karikatur und Satire in der Medizin, 2nd. ed. Stuttgart: Ferdinand Enke, 1921, pp. 175-187; and A. Weber, Tableau de la caricature medicale, Paris: Editions Hippocrates, 1936, pp. 116-119

Exhibitions note

Exhibited in “The Mask Never Lies” at Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Spain, 15 December 2021 - 1 May 2022


Wellcome Collection 2083i

Creator/production credits

A copy, with English text and the composition reversed, after one of several similar French and/or German works published in 1832. A German version is reproduced by Holländer, loc. cit., with lettering "Aus Saphirs Zeitschrift der deutsche Horizont" and attribution by Holländer to "Maler Joseph Petzl, 1832, zum Vorwurf eines Gemäldes genommen (erschienen bei Cotta)"



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