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Medical Illustration : “Plague Doctor” (1910)

Archival Inkjet on Matte Finish Fine Art Paper

The Ibis’s giclée process uses archival pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper to achieve crisp detail and rich, lasting color. Unlike posters, they will not yellow with time, but will maintain their original quality for as long as you own them. If you are unhappy with your print for any reason, you are welcome to return it for a full refund.

The subject of this watercolor is a 17th century physician wearing plague preventive garb. The equivalent of a modern hazmat suit, the costume was made almost entirely of waxed leather. The hat indicated the physician’s profession, while the cane was used to manipulate objects at a distance. The beaked mask functioned as a primitive respirator, containing fragrant materials like rose, mint and lavender that promised to keep away the foul miasmas believed to transmit disease.

Credit Line: Image by the Wellcome Library, London (CC BY 4.0).

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