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Possibly a Portrait of Albertus Seba

Possibly a Portrait of Albertus Seba

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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
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collector/donor number
SAP 910
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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