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An alchemist hunched over his crucible; an assistant reads him a recipe, watched by an onlooker; the alchemist's wife weeps in the dim background, a baby clasped to her breast. Coloured lithograph by Bouvier, 1830, after J. Steen.

Steen, Jan, 1626-1679.
Date
January 1830

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After a painting by Steen known as 'The village alchemist', but with the removal of the weeping wife in the background. Above are suspended herbs, a cucurbite and drying laundry. The alchemist has typical 'bleary eyes' from long sustained efforts of watching his experiment, as described by Thomas Norton in his 'Ordinall of alchemy', 1477

Lettering

The Dutch chymists. Les chymistes hollandois. J. Stein pinxt. Bouvier lith.o

Publication/Creation

London (34 Surry Street, Strand) : A. Friedel ; [Place of publication not identified] : Sold by all the principal book & printsellers in town & country, January 1830.

Physical description

1 print : lithograph, with watercolour

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 35485i

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An alchemist hunched over his crucible; an assistant reads him a recipe, watched by an onlooker; the alchemist's wife weeps in the dim background, a baby clasped to her breast. Coloured lithograph by Bouvier, 1830, after J. Steen. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)


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