Transplanting of Teeth

Thomas Rowlandson British
Publisher John Harris British

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Dentists extract teeth from poor people and insert them into the jaws of well-to-do patients. At center, a young chimney-sweep is about to have a tooth pulled, and a lady next to him has just endured an extraction and is about to receive a transplantation. At right a good-looking young lady clenches her fists as a spectacled dentist places his instrument in her mouth. Behind the group a man in uniform inspects his mouth with a mirror and at left, a ragged boy and girl leave the room in pain, with the girl holding a coin.

Transplanting of Teeth, Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London), Hand-colored etching and aquatint; early state

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