An itinerant medicine vendor selling a medicine to a man whose son has a poorly arm. Engraving by P. da Colle after N. Cavalli after F. Maggiotto.

  • Maggiotto, Francesco, 1750-1805.
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The medicine vendor wears pseudo-Turkish dress, and has a portrait of himself in the same costume which he uses as an advertisement. He wears a gold chain with a medallion around his neck, advertised as a reward from a royal customer. Right, a masked harlequin holds a testimonial to the efficacy of the medicine: it is authenticated by a conspicuous seal. Left, a young man removes a bandage from his arm, while next to him a white-bearded man beseeches the vendor for a cure. It is not clear whether the young man and the white-bearded man are to be understood as customers or as stooges (i.e. members of the troupe)


Venetiis [Venice] : Apud. [sic] Cavalli

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1 print : line engraving and etching


Rimedi, menzogne in un tratto sparge, e de sciocchi l'auer guasta, e la uita. Francus. Maggiotto pinx. Pellegrino de Colle inc. Translation of lettering: Remedies and lies he scatters at one stroke, and of the feeble-minded he [causes] to have made waste of their life


Wellcome Collection 20878i



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