Alchemist Filling Wet Drug Jars

Anonymous and Dutch School in Italyca. 1650–1800

Science History Institute

Science History Institute
Philadelphia, United States

In the apothecary’s workshop a man pours liquid from a jar into blue earthenware vessels. He is surrounded by copper bowls, jars, and sacks of endive and other herbs and vegetables likely used for medical preparations and tonics. At far right a bowl of vegetables sits beside a furnace with a distillation apparatus. Crates and baskets for travel lie on the ground at left, where another assistant emerges from the shadows.


  • Title: Alchemist Filling Wet Drug Jars
  • Creator: Anonymous, Dutch School in Italy
  • Date Created: ca. 1650–1800
  • Location Created: Italy
  • Provenance: Gift of Fisher Scientific International, Science History Institute
  • Subject Keywords: alchemy, apothecary, alchemists
  • Rights: Public Domain Mark 1.0
  • External Link: View our digital collections
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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