Portrait Print

Portrait Print

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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.
This print, unsigned and uncaptioned, depicts a wealthy and learned man with a fine estate and a large apothecary shop. The subject may be Albertus Seba (1665-1736), a pharmacist and natural historian in Amsterdam famed for his large cabinets of curiosities.
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paper (overall material)
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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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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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