The country tooth drawer

“Popular print, satire … : The interior of a farrier’s smithy. A country woman sits on a low stool, while a farrier pulls at her tooth with a pair of pincers which he grasps in both hands. He presses one foot on her outstretched leg while a grinning assistant holds her head in both hands. A third man stands behind, also grinning and holding a stick above his head; one eye is bandaged. All three wear leather aprons. The wretched woman holds the tooth-drawer’s left sleeve with one hand, his nose with the other; her eyes are closed. A boy (left) flourishes a broom. Behind (right) is the lighted forge. An anvil, horseshoes, and farrier’s tools are in the foreground. A grinning face looks in through a wide-open window (left). Thatched buildings and trees are seen through the window.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Title: The country tooth drawer [graphic].
  • Publication: [Alnwick] : Printed and published by W. Davison, Alnwick, [between 1812 and 1817]

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Acquired September 2019

Hob and stage doctor

On a stage a man in a hat extracts a tooth from a patient as a clown taunts him; the audience on three sides of the stage look on with looks of horror or amusement.

  • Title: Hob and stage doctor [graphic].
  • Publication: [Alnwick] : Printed and published by W. Davison, Alnwick, [between 1812 and 1817]

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Acquired September 2019

Every one his own dentist…

Merelli, Sieur

Every one his own dentist : the only remedy in the world that prevents and cures every disorder in the mouth …

Published: [London] : A. Calvart, Printer, 24 Great Shire Lane, Temple Bar, [180-?]

File 692 800M

A double-sided handbill with large woodcut headpiece and printed signature of Merelli, from Tuscany. With names and addresses of wholesale agents.

Every one his own dentist...

Every one his own dentist...

Subjects (Library of Congress): Dentistry–England–London–19th century; & Preventive dentistry–England–London–19th century.

Lewis Walpole Library new acquisition: 2009