An itinerant tooth-drawer performing an operation on a struggling male patient. Ink wash drawing after P.A. Wille, 1788.
- Wille, Pierre Alexandre, 1748-1821.
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The patient, a corpulent man, sits on a chair, centre, raising his hands and his right foot in alarm as the surgeon inserts a dental instrument into his mouth. The surgeon, standing behind the patient and to the right of the drawing, wears a colossal hat adorned with a leonine fringe and, at the front, three fleurs de lys in a cartouche. Left, a man, a woman, and a child, of whom the woman and the child watch the operation
1 drawing : pen and brown ink, with brown and grey washes ; sheet 37.5 x 26 cm
Curt Proskauer, Iconographia odontologica, Hildesheim 1967, fig. 122 (print by Wille)
Malvin E. Ring, Dentistry, an illustrated history, New York 1985, fig. 141 (print by Wille)
Wellcome Library no. 44165i
Related to, apparently a copy after, a colour or coloured print (aquatint?) by P.A. Wille, published in Paris in 1788 with lettering "Le dentiste embulant": see Proskauer, 1967, fig 122 (impression in Schloss Tiefurt bei Weimar) and Ring, p. 164, fig. 141 (impression in the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland)