An alchemist using bellows at a furnace in his laboratory. Etching by T. Major, 1750, after D. Teniers the younger.
- Teniers, David, 1610-1690
- 7 May 1750 :
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Composition described thus by Smith, loc. cit.: "A chemist's laboratory. The operator (an old man with a grey beard, seated in an armchair) is blowing the fire under a retort; in the back of the room is a man standing, with a bottle in his hand, another is seated, beating something in a mortar; these are overlooked by a man from a little window above. Three books and three crucibles lie on the ground, in front; and a variety of chemical apparatus are about the place. 1 ft 2 in. by 10 3/4 in. Engraved by Major."
The alchemist is seated looking towards the viewer's left. The still consists of a wide cucurbite containing the matter to be distilled. On top is the helm (still-head, alembic) acting as condensing apparatus, leading to the glass vessel to the side, the receiver into which the condensed liquid flows
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