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

The machine was made during latter half of the 19th century and used by 'quacks' for curing mental diseases of all kinds.


Spink & Son.

The Geffrye Museum of the Home

136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London, Greater London, E2 8EA
020 7739 9893

Opening times

The museum is now closed to undergo a major, transformational development project. It will reopen in spring 2020.

Throughout closure, the Geffrye's restored almshouse will remain open for tours and a full programme of events will be run in the front gardens.

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