Scientist, 19th-century satire

Scientist, 19th-century satire

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Caption: Scientist, 19th-century satirical artwork. It is titled in French 'Les bigarrures de l'esprit humain', which is a reference to the colours and patterns of the human spirit. It shows a scientist in a laboratory pouring gunpowder over a candle and into water. The French inscription across bottom translates as 'My fortune is made! I have found a gunpowder both waterproof and non-combustible'. Also depicted are books, alchemical equipment and glassware, bellows and kilns, and a foetus at lower left. This hand-coloured lithograph on wove paper is based on an artwork originally by French artist Jules Joseph Guillaume Bourdet (1799-1869).

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