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An alchemist in his laboratory. Oil painting by a follower of David Teniers the younger.

Teniers, David, 1610-1690.

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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." In this version the alchemist is seated looking towards the viewer's right. In the engraving by T. Major, 1750, dedicated to Dr Richard Mead, the alchemist is seated looking towards the viewer's left

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1 painting : oil on wood ; wood 40.7 x 32.5 cm

Publications note

John Smith, A catalogue raisonné of the works of the most eminent Dutch, Flemish, and French painters, London: Smith and son, 1829-1842, vol. 3, p. 416, no. 586 (no location given for the painting)

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Wellcome Library no. 45109i

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