A young alchemist works a bellows at his furnace. Etching by T. Major, 1755, after D. Teniers the younger.

  • Teniers, David, 1610-1690.
7 July 1755
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A fish dangles from the ceiling, and an owl, often a symbol of wisdom but in 17th century Dutch painting a symbol of evil, folly, and stupidity, is perched on the upper window shutter


London (at the Golden Head in Chandois Street, near St. Martins Lane) : T. Major, engraver to his R.H. the Prince of Wales, 7 July 1755.

Physical description

1 print : etching


The laboratory. To William Pitcairn M.D. This plate is inscribed, by his gratefull and obliged humble servant Thos. Major. In the collection of Hen. Isaac esq.r. D. Teniers pinx.t T. Major sculp. Bears number: no. 24


Other copies of this print are also held in the Wellcome Library. A reversed version, by Jorma (T. Major), titled 'Le jeune chimiste', published by Sanba, Paris, is in the Wellcome Library catalogue no. 36032i


Wellcome Collection 36024i

Creator/production credits

The Teniers picture is known only through engravings, of which the first appears to be by Jacques Aliamet



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