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The Country Tooth-Drawer

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • The Country Tooth-Drawer
  • Description

    A companion print to BMSat 6760. 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 (right) flourishes a broom. Behind (left) 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 (right); on the sill is a large tankard. Thatched buildings and trees are seen through the window. c.1784
    Hand-coloured mezzotint


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1784
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 348 millimetres
    • Width: 250 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and "Printed for & Sold by Bowles & Carver, No.69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London.". Numbered bl 510
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
    Cf. BMSat 8051, 8052.

    (Supplementary information)
    A pair to BMSat 6760

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 6759 bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures I p.178)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  c.1784  Hand-coloured mezzotint

Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). c.1784 Hand-coloured mezzotint

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