Las Desgracias de Pedrín (Primera Parte)

Artist/maker unknown, Spanish. Published by Hernando, Arenal, 11, Madrid.

Made in Madrid, Spain, Europe

c. 1860

Metal relief print (12 vignettes)

Image (each vignette): 2 3/4 x 3 7/16 inches (7 x 8.7 cm) Sheet: 16 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches (41.9 x 28.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
The William H. Helfand Collection, 1988

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  • PublicationPicture of Health: Images of Medicine and Pharmacy from the William H. Helfand Collection

    Twenty-four scenes in the unhappy life of Pedrín illustrate his sufferings from such misfortunes as seasickness, toothache, nosebleed, and chilblains. The popular images in this print and Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1988-102-38 are derived from Le Médecin à la maison, a large colored engraving from the Encyclopédie Bouasse-Lebel ([Paris, c. 1860], no. 61) giving directions for simple treatments for the illnesses and accidents of daily life. Each subject in the earlier French print is repeated here in the Spanish versions, but with the order changed and with crudely drawn images replacing the more elegant originals. The text, however, rather than being a home health guide, has been changed into a simple tale of an ill-starred victim. Thus a text explaining the causes and treatments of the ailment of a gouty gentleman is sharply altered to a brief verse stating that Pedrín had overeaten; similarly a list of the first-aid measures that accompanies an image of an asphyxiated patient is changed to a complaint that Pedrín has become indolent. William H. Helfand, from The Picture of Health: Images of Medicine and Pharmacy from the William H. Helfand Collection (1991), p. 126.