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 Unknown , A Man

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Title A Man
Collection Wellcome Library
Artist Unknown
Date Earliest possibly 1700
Date Latest possibly 1800
Description This figure is wearing some kind of academic gown and is holding a herbal book. The jar next to him is filled, according to its label, with Theriaca. This is the Latin form of the word Theriac, the name given to antidotes to counteract the bites of venomous animals such as snakes, scorpions, spiders and bees. It was considered very expensive and precious and a medicine made with many ingredients, both animal and vegetable based.
Current Accession Number 45831i
Former Accession Number CC 8390
Inscription front ul 'THERIACA'
Subject figure; interior; still life
Measurements 77.0 x 63.7 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Henry Solomon Wellcome 1936.
Publications Watson, G., Theriac and Mithridatium, London, 1966; Wright, C., British and Irish Paintings in Public Collections, New Haven and London, 2006, p. 157 as 'British School, 18th century'.
Rights Owner (c) The Wellcome Trust
Author Dr Madeleine Korn



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