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The Discovery of Phosphorus

  • 1775
  • Engraved by William Pether, English. After the painting by Joseph Wright of Derby
  • Plate: 22.75 x 17.75 in.
    Mezzotint on wove paper
  • Not on display
  • Gift of Fisher Scientific International
  • Fisher Collection
  • FA 2000.001.141
  • No known copyright restrictions


An alchemist in search of the philosopher's stone discovers phosphorus and is on his knees praying. Two young assistants stand near a small candle on a workbench.

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