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In the centre background is an inn with the sign 'Au monde renversé' ('the world upside down'); left, a town square, right a quack-doctor's company performing before an attentive crowd. They are performing a 'medicine show', combining entertainment with medicine-vending and toothdrawing. This kind of event does not happen any more, at least in Europe, but it has a long history stretching into the twentieth century.
oil on canvas
62.9 x 77.2 cm
purchased by Henry S. Wellcome, c.1900–1936