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The Infallible Mountebank, or Quack Doctor

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1868,0808.3274

  • Title (object)

    • The Infallible Mountebank, or Quack Doctor
  • Description

    A satiricial broadside on Hans Buling, a copy in reverse from BM Satire 1032 (1850,1109.3).

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1670-1690
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 83 millimetres (image)
    • Width: 115 millimetres (image)
    • Height: 156 millimetres (printed area)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered above the image with the title; scratched within the image below the figure 'Hans Buling'; lettered below the image with forty-five lines of verse: 'See Sirs, see here! ... And if you Die, never believe me more'; annotated in ink in the lower right '1670 / 25'.
  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 1032 (copy) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British Stephens series)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1868

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1868,0808.3274

A satiricial broadside on Hans Buling, a Dutch mountebank in London; with an engraving partly after Marcellus Laroon, showing an interior with the quack doctor Buling on the L, with a hairy face like a monkey, dressed in an elaborate costume with cape, a broad collar and soft-brimmed hat, holding in his R hand a sheet of paper, in his L a small medicine bottle, at his feet to the L a medical chest, bottles, different spatulas, and at his feet to his R a monkey; in the R background a curtain from which a Merry Andrew emerges, dressed in a Harlequin costume; with engraved title and verses in two columns.

Recto

A satiricial broadside on Hans Buling, a Dutch mountebank in London; with an engraving partly after Marcellus Laroon, showing an interior with the quack doctor Buling on the L, with a hairy face like a monkey, dressed in an elaborate costume with cape, a broad collar and soft-brimmed hat, holding in his R hand a sheet of paper, in his L a small medicine bottle, at his feet to the L a medical chest, bottles, different spatulas, and at his feet to his R a monkey; in the R background a curtain from which a Merry Andrew emerges, dressed in a Harlequin costume; with engraved title and verses in two columns.

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