Dr. Syntax Sculpture
Dr. and Mrs. Syntax' adventures in Paris include a visit to "Le Charlatan" to cure her toothache. It is only after her tooth has been extracted that the couple are ushered into a room where several people are inhaling nitrous oxide and cavorting about. At first scornful of these antics, both man and wife then partake of the gas, and themselves experience the resulting exhilaration. Dr. Syntax becomes the liveliest of the group, brandishing his wig in the air. The aquatint illustration of this episode is one of the best known depictions of the use of "laughing gas" before the modern era of inhalation anesthesia. The unknown sculptor of the work seen here has captured in three dimensions the vigorous spirit of that famous print.
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