Thackeray, William Makepeace

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Thackeray, William Makepeace
1811-1863
The Alchemist
183-?
Watercolor and graphite on paper, on paper backing.
8 3/8 x 5 5/8 inches (212 x 142 mm)
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
1986.2447
Inscription: 

Caption title "The Alchemist" in pencil on backing paper below drawing, with "Brine" in pencil above drawing at upper left.

Provenance: 
From the library of Gordon N. Ray.
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Attribution based on Gordon Ray inventory.
Title from backing paper.

Summary: 

Drawing of an alchemist standing at atable in his laboratory, holding up a glass flask with one hand as he works a morter and pestle with the other; evidently drawn with Thackeray's friend, Scottish artist John Grant Brine, serving as his model for the figure of the alchemist.

Associated names: 

Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915-1986, former owner.

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