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Title A Man Examining a Urine Flask
Alternative Title The Doctor; The Apothecary; A Physician Examining a Urine Flask
Collection Wellcome Library
Artist Attributed to manner of Bossche, Balthasar van den (Flemish painter, 1681-1715)
Date Earliest possibly about 1800
Date Latest 1900
Description A medical practioner is shown examining a urine flask, the ancient art known as uroscopy whereby an ailment is diagnosed by looking at the urine. He is surrounded by alchemical and scholarly apparatus and books. A mother, daughter and child are consulting the practioner and the inference might be that she is there to see if she is pregnant. The work is close in subject matter and composition to the work of Balthasar van den Bossche.
Current Accession Number 45027i
Former Accession Number CC 7195
Subject interior; figure; still life; everyday life; landscape
Measurements 68.5 x 82.8 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Henry Solomon Wellcome 1936.
Provenance Sale, Robinson & Fisher, London, 28 May 1914, lot 141, 3 10s as The Doctor by 'Van Den Bosch'; in the collection of Henry Solomon Wellcome, 28 May 1914.
Principal Exhibitions XVIIth International Congress of Medicine, Wigmore St, London, 1913.
Publications Wellcome, H., XVIIth International Congress of Medicine: Handbook of the Historical Medical Museum Organized by Henry S. Wellcome (the Museum of the Section of the History of Medicine), London, 1913, p. ?.
Notes There is a number '294' inscribed on the reverse which might refer to its reference number at the Wigmore St exhibition in 1913 organised by Wellcome. The painting is shown in a photograph of the 1913 exhibition in Wigmore St, London in the 'Part of the East Wall Photos', ref no. WHMM F.41. There is also a chalk ref of '141 - 5329' on the reverse.The work is very close to a mount in the Witt Library under van den Bossche and differs only in having one extra figure in the Wellcome version and being of a later period. David Jaffe at the National Gallery, London, suggests that this might be by Steen.
Rights Owner (c) The Wellcome Trust
Author Dr Madeleine Korn

 

 

 

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