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This painting shows a chiropodist or surgeon examining a man’s left foot. The injured man, in a blue garment and light brown trousers, is on a chair holding his leg upwards. He looks at the viewers. His expression of pain, somewhat theatrical, contrasts with the rest of the figures, as well as the injured man’s own static position. The foot is not only a symbol of mobility and stability but also of human vulnerability.
Essex Record Office
oil on canvas
H 38.1 x W 54.6 cm