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A group of three 'puffers' (uninitiated alchemists) reading books, and a credulous peasant trying his luck at alchemy, his weeping wife and miserable child trying to detain him from alchemical pursuit. Engraving by F. Godefroy after J. Steen.

Jan Havicksz Steen

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Les souffleurs et le paisan credule. Aux larmes de ta femme insensible butor/ Crois de ses bijoux faire sortir de l'or?/ Ce métal précieux est produit par la terre.// Et jamais le creuset n'en peut être le pere./ Des ces vits imposteurs évite les appas/ Ils promettent beaucoup, mais ils ne tiendrons pas. ; Lecluse H.C.P. ; J. Steen pint. ; Gravé par F. Godefroy, sous le direction de Mr. Le Bas

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A group of three 'puffers' (uninitiated alchemists) reading books, and a credulous peasant trying his luck at alchemy, his weeping wife and miserable child trying to detain him from alchemical pursuit. Engraving by F. Godefroy after J. Steen. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY


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