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Title Interior with a Medical Practitioner, a Woman Holding a Flask, and Five Other People
Collection Wellcome Library
Artist Attributed to after Bossche, Balthasar van den (Flemish painter, 1681-1715)
Attributed to after Thomas, Gerard (Flemish artist, 1663-1720)
Date Earliest about 1675
Date Latest about 1750
Description An interior scene with a medical practitioner writing prescriptions. To his left is a woman holding a flask which is likely to be filled with urine. The examining of urine to obtain a diagnosis of a medical condition is known as the ancient art of uroscopy. In this work it may imply that the female is pregnant. The painting is in the manner of the seventeenth-century artists Balthazar van den Bossche or Gerard Thomas. Both artists painted in styles and of subject matter which were very close to each other.
Current Accession Number 44751i
Former Accession Number R 7848
Subject figure; animal (dog; parrot); everyday life; still life; interior; landscape
Measurements 64.7 x 84.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Henry Solomon Wellcome 1936.
Provenance In the collection of Henry Solomon Wellcome by 1913.
Principal Exhibitions XVIIth International Congress of Medicine, Wigmore St, London, 1913, N Corridor, cat. no. ?.
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, cat. no.?, p.?
Notes There is a label on the reverse showing that the painting was exhibited at the Wellcome Exhibition in Wigmore St, and that it hung in the North Corridor. This work is similar to Wellcome Library inventory nos. 1461/1939 and 85/1947 but is a later version painted in the eighteenth century. The painting was accessioned on 15 April 1918. Cost 4. 13s 9d.
Rights Owner (c) The Wellcome Trust
Author Dr Madeleine Korn
 

 

 

 

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