A French dentist shewing a specimen of his artificial teeth and false palates

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A French dentist shewing a specimen of his artificial teeth and false palates. It is not easy to determine whether this caricature was intended solely as a satire or as an advertisement for some dental professor who was established here at the time. In Rowlandson's day, however, false teeth were sufficient novelties to be welcome subjects for ridicule. An overgrown and exuberantly corpulent female is serving as a sample of the Frenchman's skill ; her widely distended mouth is liberally displaying a wonderful set of masticators. The professor is the typical foreigner of the period, wearing hair-powder, a bag-wig, and earrings. An old beau, looking through a quizzing-glass, is admiring the prospect of securing a decent set of teeth, his own gums exhibiting a very ragged and defective regiment. Artist: Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827. Date: February 26, 1811. Sourced from Digital Commonwealth website.

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