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Urinology]. Ostade, Adriaen van (artist). Spooner, Charles
Physick
Printed for Robert Sayer, Map & Printseller, near Serjeants. Unbound. n.d. (ca. 1748-1760). Large mezzotint (355 x 257 mm). Professionally mounted on archival paper, preserved in mylar L-sleeve with lig-free board support. Some flaws to mezzotint include loss of the word "flies" in the caption (line 1), tear along physician's left arm, and two pinholes at the top; crease evident along horizontal fold. Very good. Rare version of this justly famous mezzotint by Spooner after Adriaen van Ostade, in which a bearded physician, wearing a cap, sits in his study and examines a round-bottomed flask partially filled with liquid (presumably urine), his right elbow resting on a book on the table beside him, open to show depictions of plants, his right hand tucked into his robe. The British Museum has several versions of this print, including a very small and square mezzotint (144 x 144 mm), reversed, in which the mezzotint was executed by Richard Houston for Bowles & Carver. Another version of our mezzotint was likewise executed by Spooner but the size is quite reduced (152 x 114) and there is no indication of a publisher, nor of a caption. The caption on our engraving, apparently recorded here for the first time, reads: "To Medicine's Aid the Wretch in Sickness Flies, And hopes from Man what Providence denies; Meanwhile the Doctor tries his utmost Skill, To Cure his Patient - but if not - To Kill" (sic). The examples in the National Library of Medicine and the Wellcome Collection were apparently extracted from "The Most Capital Paintings in England" series in 5 vols. The bespoke print … [Click Below for Full Description]
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