Easing the Tooth Ach

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Easing the Tooth Ach
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James Gillray

Easing the Tooth-ach.

London, H. Humphrey, May 7th. 1796

Etching

Original hand colouring

225 x 190 mm.

Laid on old album sheet, sliht overall browning

£650

A dentist (right) stands pulling at an instrument in the mouth of his patient, whom he holds by the jaw. The victim, in profile to the right, is perched upon a high stool, and clutches his right shin, while his left foot is pressed against the dentist's knees; expression and attitude register pain and anger. Probably from an amateur's design, signed on the plate as Engrav'd by T. As [Gillray]. BM 8909