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A Troupe of Travelling Performers, including a Toothdrawer

Photo credit: Wellcome Collection

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From the sixteenth century to the early twentieth century there are paintings and other records of performers whose acts consisted in part of tooth extractions. In the seventeenth century, travelling actors worked in troupes as a support act to specialist toothdrawers who themselves formed part of the entertainment. These operators often had craft skills, experience, and expensive specialist instruments such as those shown on the table in this painting.

Wellcome Collection

London


Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 113.8 x W 196 cm

Accession number

44609i

Acquisition method

purchased by Henry S. Wellcome, c.1900–1936

Work type

Painting


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Wellcome Collection

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