The Dutch Chymist.
London, Printed for Rob.t Sayer No.53 in Fleet Street. 236
Mezzotint, platemark 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"). Large margins.
An alchemist stirring a ceramic pot; an assistant reads him a recipe, watched by an onlooker. The alchemist has the '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. The composition is cropped to omit a crying woman and child, and 'empty money bags suspended from the ceiling with a bloated bladder, symbolising delusion' (from Wallace Collection commentary on the painting).
For a later lithograph reproducing the painting more directly, see ref. 24878
[Ref: 37011] £320.00