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    • The Dropsical Woman

    This engraving, by the French printmaker Jean Baptiste Fosseyeux, reproduces an original painting by Gerrit Dou. The work, titled "The Dropsical Woman," shows a young but finely-robed doctor examining the urine of a…

    • 1747

    This engraving by Thomas Major, after a painting of the same subject by David Teniers II, shows a "country surgeon" at work, treating the foot of a patient. As the surgeon bends down to apply a leech to the man's foot,…

    • The Hippocratic Grimoire
    • 1740 – 1790

    An engraving by F. Basan, after the painting by David Teniers II. The inscription below this work, Le Grimoire d'Hypocrate, refers to Hippocrates, a Greek physician often called the father of medicine in Western…

    • 1835 – 1840

    This lithograph by Carl Straub, after a painting of the same subject by David Teniers II, shows the interior of a chemist's laboratory with a man seated in front of a furnace. He tends a glowing fire with a pair of…

    • 1700s

    This etching, by the Italian engraver and etcher Giuseppe [Joseph] Longhi, reproduces a work by the Dutch master of chiaroscuro, Rembrandt van Rijn. The original painting traveled to France in the 18th century and…

    • 1755

    Engraved by Thomas Major after a painting of the same subject by David Teniers II, this print shows a young alchemist in a cap and apron working a pair of bellows before an open hearth. Distillation vessels, open books,…

    • Goodness, poverty, middle age, youth. Who makes of it misfortune or happiness.
    • 1760 – 1800

    This etching by Francesco Pedro, for Nicollo Cavalli of Venice, reproduces a painting by Francesco Maggiotto. The scene shows four individuals in a humble workroom, gathered around a brazier full of coals. The central…

    • 1740 – 1790

    This engraving by J. Tardieu reproduces a painting of the same subject by David Teniers II. An older man with a lined, wizened face sits in a chair before a table, intently reading an open book. Before him sits a globe,…

    • circa 1900 – 1965

    This work reproduces a painting by Wijck in the collections of the Rijksmuseum. The alchemist, seated at his desk before the window, looks down to survey the progress of his assistant. The young boy holds up a basin for…

    • 1884-Apr-02

    The scene depicts a character named Dr. Cashdown Mixer, Analytical Chemist collecting payments for items such as "Analysis Tea," "Analysis Coffee," and Analysis Oilymargarine" from a line of gentleman.

    This cartoon…

    • The completed Louvre and New Rue de Rivoli
    • circa 1826 – 1865

    "Le Louvre Achevé et la Nouvelle Rue de Rivoli," which translates to "The completed Louvre and New Rue de Rivoli," depicts an aerial view of Paris, seen from a hot air balloon. Philippe Benoist (French, Geneva 1813–ca.…

    • Fontainebleau in Balloon, View Taken Above the Great Cavalry Quarter
    • circa 1846

    Jules Arnout (1814-1868) was a French lithographer who executed landscape views of cities in France, England, Italy, and Switzerland, many of which were based on his own sketches and drawings. This print shows a view of…

    • circa 1858 – 1880

    This bird's-eye aerial view of Paris by engraver Marie-Hilaire Guesnu (1802-1880) shows the Bois de Boulogne, a large park located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, on the western edge of the city. The park was…

    • Paris and its Fortifications, View Taken in Balloon Above Mount Valerien
    • circa 1846

    Jules Arnout (1814-1868) was a French lithographer who executed landscape views of cities in France, England, Italy, and Switzerland, many of which were based on his own sketches and drawings. This print shows Paris and…

    • 1900 – 1950

    This 20th-century color lithograph reproduction of an early-19th-century engraving shows a pink and white striped balloon rising above a pastoral landscape. In the balloon basket are two small figures. The campus of…

    • 1930 – 1940

    This two-color poster advertises a performance of magic tricks, as part of the Mysto Magic Show Set, manufactured by the A. C. Gilbert Company around 1940. The kit included theatrical makeup, props, and an instruction…

    • 1809

    This hand-colored etching by Thomas Rowlandson was produced based on a drawing by G. M. Woodward. It portrays a London street scene of citizens commenting on, and in some instances complaining about, the wonders of new…

    • 1870 – 1890

    This print reproduces a painting exhibited by A. H. Tourrier at the Royal Academy in London in 1871. The scene shows a trio of nobles standing awed before an alchemist holding out a broken crucible in his right…

    • 1771-Aug-25

    The glow of heated metal on the anvil and the distant light of the moon are placed into dramatic parallel in this mezzotint, after a painting by Joseph Wright of Derby. Wright's use of deep shadow and chiaroscuro light…

    • 1773-Jan

    The white-hot glow of molten iron casts radiant light and deep shadow across this mezzotint, after a painting by Joseph Wright of Derby. The scene shows the workings of an iron foundry and showcases the recent…

    • 1768-May-20

    Wonder, curiosity, and deep thought: the audience in this mezzotint, after a painting by Joseph Wright of Derby, models a range of possible responses to science. At center, a brass orrery--a device used to model the…

    • 1834-Oct-01

    Half-length portrait of Dr. John Dalton, chemist and physicist, with his right hand partially tucked into his vest.

    • The Gold Weigher
    • circa 1760 – 1790

    This print, after a 1639 etching by Rembrandt, shows a well-dressed man of middle age seated before a pair of scales and an open ledger. He hands his young assistant a bag as customers stand waiting nearby. The scene is…

    • The Committee of the French Exhibition in Copenhagen in 1888
    • 1888

    An etching by Felix Jasiński after the painting by P.S. Krøyer for the Gazette des Beaux-Arts, a French art review. The etching depicts members of the committee that organized the French Art Exhibition in Copenhagen in…

  1. A half-length seated portrait of Joseph Priestley (1733–1804), an English clergyman and natural philosopher who discovered oxygen.