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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

28th May 1959 Johnson and Bart's musical Lock up your daughters, premieres in London

28th May 1908 Born today: Ian Lancaster Fleming, London England, author (James Bond)

28th May 1897 Born today: Henry Kendall, London, actor (Amazing Quest, Shadow, Rich and Strange)

28th May 1858 Dion Boucicault's Foul Play, premieres in London

28th May 1742 1st indoor swimming pool opens (Goodman's Fields, London)

28th May 1728 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth successfully sues agent Joshua Morris.

Eccentric Dentist's Show



Eccentric Dentist's Show

This is where a quack dentist put his late wife on display.

Location: 56 Mount Street, London

Description: This is where Martin van Butchell (1735-1814), an eccentric dentist, practiced and put his dead wife on display.

Butchell became a dentist in 1760's London. He advertised in St. James's Chronicle with a text: Real or Artificial Teeth from one to an entire set, with superlative gold pivots or springs, also gums, sockets and palate formed, fitted, finished and fixed without drawing stumps, or causing pain.

When his wife Mary died on January 14 1775, he decided to have her embalmed and turn her into an attraction to draw more customers. His teacher of surgery and anatomy Dr. William Hunter and Dr. William Cruikshank agreed to do the job and injected the body with preservatives and color additives that gave a glow to the corpse's cheeks, replaced her eyes with glass eyes and dressed her in a fine lace gown. The body was then embedded in a layer of plaster of Paris in a glass-topped coffin.

When he remarried, his new wife wasnt fond of it, and it went to a museum where it was destroyed in a bombing raid in WW2.

Butchell was trained in anatomy and physiology by William and John Hunter. Possibly on the latter's advice he took up dentistry, but he also had considerable success in the surgical treatment of fistulae, haemorrhoids, etc.

He rode a white pony painted with coloured spots (pictured), and summoned members of his family to his presence by individually modulated whistles.

Tagged in this Tour: Great London Eccentrics Tour

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Eccentric Dentist's Show

This is where a quack dentist put his late wife on display.


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Have just finished doing a family history for a dear friend of mine and Martin van Butchell is her 3 x Great Grandad! How exciting? Would love to know if we could go there. (Mrs Maxine Payne)
Posted by Mrs Maxine Payne on 2007-11-15
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