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The Search for the Alchemical Formula

  • 1858
  • Charles Meer Webb, English
  • 20.75 x 16.5 in.
    Oil on canvas
  • On display in Transmutations
  • Gift of Fisher Scientific International
  • Fisher Collection
  • FA 2000.001.281
  • No known copyright restrictions


A man in a red skull cap and coat furred at the collar and cuff sits in a tattered green velvet chair with an open book on his lap. His head turns to the right gazing toward large manuscripts that are leaning on a red-clothed table with a skull. Behind him, to the left, is a hearth and distillation apparatus.

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