A quack doctor treating a patient by David Henry Friston

The painting depicts a 'quack' doctor attempting to cure a patient by means of a Cylinder Electrostatic or Friction Machine.


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.

Venue details

The Geffrye Museum of the Home 136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London London E2 8EA 020 7739 9893 www.geffrye-museum.org.uk

Entry details

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The museum is closed to the public for a major, transformational development project. It will reopen in winter 2019.
During closure, the restored almshouse will remain open for tours and a full programme of events will be run in the front gardens.

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