Facing a glowing furnace at left, a bearded alchemist in green with red cap looks at flask of green liquid with young assistant in red singlet; laboratory apparatus in foreground and background; a pufferfish hangs from the ceiling; tow doves on window sill and through window a castle atop a mountain. Seated grey bearded man three quarter view facing right, in black coat with fur collar and cuff, black hat on head, sits at red carpet covered table of books, papers, copper pitcher and dark ceramic jar, holds in left hand a gold scale. Resting on a bench in front of table, large book and jug with blue glaze marks and glass.


  • Title: The Alchemist
  • Creator: N. C. Wyeth
  • Creator Lifespan: 1882-10-22/1945-10-19
  • Creator Nationality: American
  • Creator Death Place: Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Creator Birth Place: Needham, Massachusetts, United States
  • Date Created: 1937
  • Provenance: Science History Institute
  • Rights: Public Domain Mark 1.0
  • External Link: View our digital collections
  • Medium: Oil on canvas, mounted on board

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