Eene aangezigtspyn-phantasie (A facial pain fantasy), an 1850 lithograph by Alexander Ver Huell (1822-97). This Dutch artist captured the patient’s torment, evoking perhaps equal measures of anguish from pain and suffering on the one hand, and their fear of syringe, pills, and elixirs on the other. Gremlins administer treatment, while doctors are in the van of a procession swirling around the patient, followed by coffins borne by skeletons. Ver Huell specialized in nightmarish scenes rendered in a Daumier-esque manner, and this is amongst his masterpieces.
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