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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

Chelmsford


Date

1610–1690

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 38.1 x W 54.6 cm

Accession number

60

Work type

Painting


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Essex Record Office

Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6YT England

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