[An alchemist at work.]
[Paris, Chenu? n.d., c.1750.]
Engraving, fine proof before letters, very scarce. 430 x 520mm (17 x 20½" Tear entering image on left.
An alchemist at work at a furnace, his books on a stool. His wife and children sit to one side, and one assistant rummages in a cupboard, another watching. Thomas Wyck (or 'Wijck', 1616-77) was a Flemish painter whose interiors are said to have influenced Thomas Wright of Derby. Alchemy was a subject he returned to frequently. A pre-Fire prospect of London by Wyck is in the Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth.
[Ref: 34375] £450.00