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Une Femme de Medecin (Female Doctor)

ca. 1730
Origin: Europe, Germany, Augsburg
OH: 14" x OW: 8 1/2" Plate H:12" Plate W: 8 1/4"; Framed: H: 17 3/4" x OW: 14
Black and white line engraving with period color
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1956-162,8B
Upper margin reads: "174"
Lower margin reads: "Une Feme de Medecin. Eine Doctors Fraue./ Cum Priv. Maj./ Mart. Engelbrecht excud. A.V."
Label:Martin Engelbrecht’s mid-18th century publication on trades included both a male and female illustration of each profession. This print depicting a female doctor demonstrates how important the natural world was to the practice of medicine. Her dress is covered with botanical illustrations, and she wears a laurel crown on her head as she stands surrounded by the tools of her trade.

This print is from a series of 189 engravings depicting trades men and women dressed in the various accoutrements of their specific trades. They were designed by Johann Jacob Stelzner (1706-1780), C.F. Horstman and M. Rosler. They were etched by Martin Engelbrecht ( 1684–1756). The series was published in a compilation known as, From Martin Engelbrecht, "L' Assemblage nouveau des manouvries habilles or Neu-eröffnete Sammlung der mit ihren eigenen Arbeiten und Werkzeugen eingekleideten Künstlern, Handwerkern und Professionen," (Augsburg, Germany, ca. 1730).