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A young couple visit a savant who consults ancient volumes in order to provide counselling to them. Oil painting by Edouard-Henri-Théophile Pingret, 1833 (?).
- Pingret, Edouard, 1788-1875
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The couple appear to be French country people dressed up for the visit. The savant wears a yellow silk (?) banyan with a pattern of pink roses. On the floor to his right are two flasks containing foetuses. On a shelf above are glass vessels containing various liquids. The suggestion is that the couple are asking whether their marriage would be propitious, or, if already married, when they would have children
1 painting : oil on canvas ; canvas approximately 40.5 x 32.3 cm
Ch. Lenormant, Les Artistes contemporains: salons de 1831 et 1833, vol. 1, 1833, p. 74. ("ses figures sont souvent théâtrales et affectées")
E. Bellier de La Chavignerie, Dictionnaire géneral des artistes de l'école française, Paris 1882-1887, vol. 2, p. 279 (possibly either of two pictures exhibited at the Salon in 1833: "S[alon] 1833. --Un alchimiste allemand. --La consultation.")
Wellcome Collection 646212i
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