A man using a dental probe on a girl's mouth. Oil painting after Gerrit Dou.

  • Dou, Gerard, 1613-1675.
[between 1800 and 1899?]
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"A surgeon operating on a girl's mouth. M.97. At an arched window a young surgeon operates on the mouth of a girl who sits on an arm-chair to the right. She seeks to prevent him with her right hand. On the window-ledge are a brasss basin, a case of instruments, and a water-bottle. Above are a curtain and a sort of chandelier, with barbers' basins suspended from it. In the left background an old woman sits at a window. Panel, 13 inches by 11 inches, with rounded top. Not in Lormier's possession [Willem Lormier (1682-1758) The Hague] as Martin supposes. Engraved by Lewis in the Airlie Gallery. Sale, Cornelius Wittert, Rotterdam, April 11, 1731, no. 27 (1130 florins) "--Hofstede de Groot, loc. cit.


[between 1800 and 1899?]

Physical description

1 painting : oil on wood ; wood arched top, 36 x 25.1 cm

References note

C. Hofstede de Groot, A catalogue raisonné of the works of the most eminent Dutch painters, vol. I, London 1908, p. 394, no. 146 (the painting by Dou)


Wellcome Collection 44621i

Reproduction note

After a painting by Dou. The website of the RKD-Nederlands Instituut voor Kunstgeschiedenis, accessed 20 January 2020, give the following provenance: Jacques Goudstikker, Amsterdam; John Hoogsteder, The Hague, to 1983; private collection, Brugge (Belgium), 1983

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