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A public square in a French port, in which a medicine vendor cries up his wares to an audience of traders and strollers. Coloured aquatint by J. Léveillé, 1785, after A. Borel.

  • Borel, Antoine, 1743-1810.
Date
[1785]
Reference
811674i
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Description

The medicine vendor stands on the right, in front of his stand. He wears decorative clothes and holds up a flask of his medicine. In front of him are his props: conjuring equipment, musical instruments, tame animals. Among the crowd watching him are a well-dressed couple, he old and using a quizzing glass, she younger and surreptitiously passing a billet doux to a lover. Others among the spectators are from Turkey or the Levant

Right background, three wooden houses containing shops: left to right a coffee house (presumably "[Ca]fé"), a house advertising a tightrop walker ("Grands danseur du Roy"), and a shop ("Magazin de modes") selling fashionable knicknacks (fans, hats, vases, clocks etc.) Right foreground, some bales and goods traded at the port

Left, the port, with a statue of a woman personifying Hope and Plenty. Behind and centre, a substantial stone building, presumably a customs house

The medicine vendors' banner contains lettering "Par permission du Roy" and a painting of the medicine vendor treating a seated lady, possibly by laying on of hands

Publication/Creation

Paris (rue de la Harpe, au coin de celle Poupée, no. 182) : chez Vidal graveur, [1785]

Physical description

1 print : aquatint, with etching and watercolour ; image and borders 37.5 x 53.5 cm

Lettering

Le charlatan. Borel pinx. L'Eveillé sculp.

Lettering note

Further lettering within the image: (lower left) "Borel del.", lower right "F. Aug. L'Eveillé sculp. anno 1785"

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 811674i

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Languages

  • French


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