The Dutch Chymists. Les Chymistes Hollandois.
London, Published Jan.y 1830, by A. Friedel, 34 Surry Street, Strand, & sold by all the Principal Book & Printsellers, in Town & Country. Printed by Dean & Munday, Lith.rs Threadneedle Street.
Lithograph, rare with large margins. 406 x 266mm. 16 x 10½".
An alchemist hunched over his crucible; an assistant reads him a recipe, watched by an onlooker; the alchemist's wife weeps in the dim background, a baby clasped to her breast. Above are suspended herbs, a cucurbite and drying laundry. The alchemist has typical 'bleary eyes' from long sustained efforts of watching his experiment, as described by Thomas Norton in his 'Ordinall of alchemy', 1477. Print after the painting 'The Village Alchemist' by Jan Steen (London,Wallace Collection) which was painted in the early 1660s.
In the Wellcome Library Catalogue.
[Ref: 24878] £140.00