Possibly a Portrait of Albertus Seba

Description (Brief)
Possibly a portrait of Albertus Seba. He is seated in the bottom center of the print in a large chair. He is pointing a finger on his left hand to a jar on a table beside him. In the background on the right side is an interior of a pharmacy. There is a man in the shop using a mortar and pestle. In the background on the far left there is a large house with gardens and fountain. Note the three containers on the table which have triangular paper labels tied to their necks.
Seba was a pharmacist and collector of natural history objects in Amsterdam . He illustrated a number of his objects for a Thesaurus on the subject. Most of his collection was sold to Czar Arskine of St. Pesters. He was born in Etzel in 1665 and died in Amsterdam in 1736.
Currently not on view
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Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
black (overall color)
white (overall color)
engraving (overall production method/technique)
overall: 16.3 cm x 10.2 cm; 6 7/16 in x 4 in
image: 13.9 cm x 8.5 cm; 5 1/2 in x 3 3/8 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 910
European Apothecary
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Related Publication
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection
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