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A Young Man, J. Kay, Afflicted with a Rodent Disease which Has Eaten Away Part of His Face

Photo credit: Wellcome Collection

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Part of a collection of paintings depicting gentlefolk of Leeds with grievous illnesses. This one shows a man with a frightened expression suffering from a rodent (ulcer?) disease of the face. The verso is inscribed 'Cancer of the nose Mr J. Kay', but as he seems to have 'Hutchinson's teeth', a symptom of congenital syphilis, the inscription may be a euphemism.

Wellcome Collection



A Young Man, J. Kay, Afflicted with a Rodent Disease which Has Eaten Away Part of His Face




oil on canvas


H 44 x W 33 cm

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Cancer of the nose Mr J Kay. H.


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