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A Physician Wearing a Seventeenth-Century Plague Preventive Costume

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The costume worn by physicians attending plague patients is described by Jean Jacques Manget in his 'Traité de la peste', Geneva, 1721: ‘The gown was made of Morocco leather, with underneath a skirt, breeches and boots, all of leather and fitting into one another. The long beak-like nose piece was fitted with aromatic substances and the eyeholes were covered with glass.’

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A Physician Wearing a Seventeenth-Century Plague Preventive Costume




watercolour on paper (?)


H 50.8 x W 35.9 cm

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commissioned by Henry S. Wellcome, c.1910

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