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Interior of a surgery with a surgeon treating a wound in the arm of a man, with a boy and five other figures. Oil painting by Matthijs Naiveu.

Naiveu, Matthijs, 1647-1721.
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The patient is seated in the centre, with his jacket and shirt removed to expose his chest and right arm. Behind him and to the left, the surgeon leans over and inserts an instrument tohrough the patient's exposed arm. The surgeon's apprentice stands on the left holding a vessel of liquid. In the right background, two women converse. Beyond them, a back room is seen in which a barber shaves a man and a another man with his arm in a sling waits seated on a chair. Left background, a large painting of a marine subject, framed in a black frame, is hung on a white plaster wall. The floor is marble, the ceiling is coffered, and there are other signs of affluence

Possibly identical with one of two paintings of surgical operations sold at auction in Amsterdam on 16 February 1802, as property of Z. [unidentified]. The second of the two (lot 88) is the more similar to the present picture, and is described in the catalogue as follows: "J. Naipveu. In een dito [Chirurgijns Winkel] Vertrek word een Boer door den Heelmeester aan den arm met een Lancet gesondeert , ter zyde een zittende Vrouw, en een staande Juffvrouw: door een openstaande deur ziet men in de winkel; in alles als de vorige, uitvoerig behandeld, door denzelven." The preceding lot, no. 87, is described as follows: "J. Naipveu. Verbeeld een Chirurgyns Winkel, waar in een Patient aan zyn arm verbonden word, ter zyde zit een schryende [or schryvende?] Vrouw, waar by een Juffrouw een kind; gestoffeert, met een ménigte bywerk, kragtig en uitvoerig gepenceeld" (Schley, loc. cit.)



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1 painting : oil on wood ; wood 50.8 x 44 cm

Publications note

Philippus Schley auction, property of Jacobus Buys, Jan Swart, en Leendert Viervant [and others], Amsterdam (Ten Huize van C.S. Roos, op de Kloveniers Burgwal, in het Huis van Trip), 16 February 1802, lot 88, bought by Jb. Royers for fl. 26 (with lot 87), possibly refers to this painting (information kindly supplied by Adele-Marie Dzidzaria, 2007)


Wellcome Library no. 45041i

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