The painting depicts a 'quack' doctor attempting to cure a patient by means of a Cylinder Electrostatic or Friction Machine.
A quack doctor treating a patient by David Henry Friston, 18531869
© The Geffrye Museum of the Home
- Oil on canvas
- 64 x 88 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £750 ( Total: £3,000)
- Acquired in:
- Spink & Son
The machine was made during latter half of the 19th century and used by 'quacks' for curing mental diseases of all kinds.
Spink & Son.
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