Surgeon Operating on a Man’s Foot

After David Teniers the Younger (1610–1690)ca. 1820–1870

Science History Institute

Science History Institute
Philadelphia, United States

In a small workshop a medical alchemist tends to the foot of a seated patient while the man's wife and child look on. At the left an assistant grinds a substance—likely a medicine or salve—in a small mortar and pestle. The humble shop is furnished with a table, a small shelf of vials and jars, and a paper print pasted against the rear wall. This painting was produced by adhering a lithographic print to a thin metal plate and painting over the top of it in oil.


  • Title: Surgeon Operating on a Man’s Foot
  • Creator: After David Teniers the Younger (1610–1690)
  • Date Created: ca. 1820–1870
  • Provenance: Science History Institute
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Public Domain Mark 1.0
  • External Link: View our digital collections
  • Medium: Oil on metal

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