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Title A Man Removing a Plaster from the Back of a Man's Hand
Alternative Title The Barber Surgeon
Collection Wellcome Library
Artist Manner of Heemskerck, Egbert van, the elder (Dutch painter, born 1634 or 1635, died 1704, also active in England)
Attributed to manner of Teniers, David, II (Flemish painter, 1610-1690)
Date Earliest possibly about 1680
Date Latest possibly 1900
Description A barber surgeon wearing a gown is lifting the skin from a man's right hand. The man is crying and being held down by a peasant. This work is a copy in the style of the Flemish seventeenth-century artist David Teniers the Younger. It was formerly attributed to the work of Egbert van Heemskerck, the Elder, a family of painters from Haarlem.
Current Accession Number 44987i
Former Accession Number P 2053; P 42/1972
Subject figure; interior; everyday life; still life
Measurements 16.5 x 20.8 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on metal (copper)
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Henry Solomon Wellcome 1936.
Publications Wright, C., British and Irish Paintings in Public Collections, New Haven & London, 2006, p. 408.
Notes David Jaffe of the National Gallery felt that this painting was closer in style to the work of Teniers rather than Heemskerck. The use of a picture on the wall of a peasant is typical of Tenier's work.
Rights Owner (c) The Wellcome Trust
Author Dr Madeleine Korn



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