Personifications of law, medicine and theology argue over the superiority of their respective professions. Engraving by GWHWHNM, ca. 1720.
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On the left the physician has a book, a statuette of Diana or a nymph, and a medicine bottle or urine flask, and wears a justacorps, The lawyer stands in the middle wearing a black gown over a justacorps: with one hand he holds a will or contract to which a seal is attached, and with the other he declaims. On the right the clergyman wears the Geneva gown and preaching bands, and holds the Bible. They debate in a richly furnished room: right, a pier-glass and a chair; left, a view through to a colonnade with sculptures above; the ceiling is painted with tromp l'oeil fresco designs of cherubim
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