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The London Dentist


Print after Robert Dighton

From the collection


The London Dentist




Print after Robert Dighton


The interior of a well-furnished room. The dentist stands in front of a middle-aged woman seated in a chair (left); he holds her forehead with one hand, with the other he applies a small instrument to her mouth. She grasps a glove in her gloved left hand. A black boy in livery stands behind the dentist (right) holding an open case of instruments; he looks round grinning with a finger in his mouth. A young woman stands clasping her hands and looking with an expression of horrified concern at the operation. The dentist wears a bag-wig. A cat arches its back and miaows. Through a draped sash-window is a gateway to a quadrangle, in front of which a sentry is marching; another sentry's head is visible, indicating St. James's Palace. On the wall is a bird in a cage and an oval landscape. Below it is a settee on which is a guitar. The floor is carpeted. c.1784. Hand-coloured mezzotint.
Additional Makers: Published by - Bowles & Carver
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St. James's, London, England



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