Lavoisier explaining to his wife the result of his experiments on air. Oil painting by Ernest Board.

  • Board, Ernest, 1877-1934.
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Lavoisier explaining to his wife the result of his experiments on air. Oil painting by Ernest Board. Wellcome Collection. Public Domain Mark. Source: Wellcome Collection.

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The painting takes its subject and many details from the double portrait of A.L. Lavoisier and Marie Anne Pierrette Paulze Lavoisier by Jacques-Louis David. At the time of Board's commission, the painting by David was not on public display: it belonged to Comte Etienne Berard de Chazelles (1888-1923), of Paris and of Château de la Canière, near Aigueperse. It was sold by his estate to Wildenstein (Paris and New York), 1923-1924, who in turn sold it to John D. Rockefeller Jr.in 1924-1925. Rockefeller gave it in 1927 to the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, later Rockefeller University, New York, which sold it in 1927 to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Baetjer, op. cit., p. 323)

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1 painting : oil on canvas ; canvas 91.6 x 61 cm

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Select images of this work were taken by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum: WT/D/1/20/1/3/12

References note

Handbook of the Historical Medical Museum organised by Henry S. Wellcome, 54A, Wigmore Street, London W., 1913, p. 19, no. 36 ("The Hall of Statuary ... 36. Lavoisier explaining to his wife the result of his experiments on air. Ernest Board")
Katharine Baetjer, French paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art from the early eighteenth century through the Revolution, New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019 (on the painting by David)

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Wellcome Collection 45915i

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