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The Cupper (Kopster)

A work made of etching on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on paper.




Cornelis Dusart
Dutch, 1660-1704

About this artwork

A wince-inducing, humorously sexualized take on now outdated medical practices, Cornelis Dusart’s etching shows a woman undergoing minor surgery. Possibly to alleviate a female complaint, heated glass cups are applied to her feet. These raise blood-filled boils, which the attendant then lances and purges of bad blood. The appended verses and the bill of fare hanging on the mantelpiece both mention clystering as a subsequent treatment option: the upward diagonal angle of the clyster (an enema or douche) in the male attendant’s belt lends credence to the implication that the treatment doubled as an ersatz form of sexual congress.


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Prints and Drawings


Cornelis Dusart


The Cupper (Kopster)


Holland (Artist's nationality)


Printed 1690–1700


Etching on paper


Image: 22.3 × 17 cm (8 13/16 × 6 3/4 in.); Platemark: 25.7 × 17.6 cm (10 1/8 × 6 15/16 in.); Sheet: 26.3 × 18.1 cm (10 3/8 × 7 3/16 in.)

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The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

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