A man dressed in peasant garb holds a gold scale in right hand and reaches with left for red substance in open paper packet. At left through window are building roofs; the light illuminates a dark, cluttered workshop containing two furnaces, mortar and pestle, and other distillation apparatus.
John Sheepshanks (1787-1863); by descent to Charles Sheepshanks (probably Charles Edward William Sheepshanks, 1911-1991); (sale, Christie's, London, 27 July 1969, lot. 84 (to Bader)).
Alfred Bader, Milwaukee, 1969-1995 (to Roy Eddleman for Spectrum).
Spectrum Laboratories, California, 1995-2000.
The Chemical Heritage Foundation, 2000 (from Spectrum and Roy Eddleman).
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