A unique Victorian era sculpture of a scene at the dentist's made from crab shells.
Dentistry has long been a subject for humour in cartoon-art. The golden age of political and social caricature and satire was between 1780 and 1830 when three artists were active Thomas Rowlandson, James Gillray and George Cruikshank. Each tackled the topical subject of dentists during their careers.
These English engravings, dating from the beginning of the 19th century, show three options available when a tooth extraction was required.
In the style of Adrian van Ostade (1610-1685)
A barber-surgeon at work in the 17th century in the Netherlands.
Sir John Lavery (1856-1941)