19th-Century French School, Portrait Of A Man With A Pulled Tooth

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19th-Century French School, Portrait Of A Man With A Pulled Tooth

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This late 19th-century French school portrait depicts a man holding his own bloodied tooth between some forceps. He’s taken a long drag on his pipe and yanked it out. It’s intriguing to consider how the portrait came into being - is it to emphasise his teeth-pulling abilities? Is he a dentist? As if to say, “don’t worry, I’ve done this before - it won’t hurt”.

Clearly it would!

The portrait is held in a period giltwood foliate frame.

Medium: Oil on wood
Overall size: 10” x 11½” / 25cm x 30cm
Year of creation: c. 1890
Condition: Craquelure but the paint is stable. Retouches. Scuffs. Minor losses. Frame with some light wear.

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