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Alchemist in his laboratory, 1800. Titled 'Hocus Pocus or Searching For the Philosopher's Stone', this illustration is a watercolour by Thomas Rowlandson. It is a caricature of an alchemist in his laboratory engaged in the transmutation of metals, surrounded by alchemical equipment, as well as a formula for turning lead into gold. Prints on the wall include a portait of Count Cagliostro, and the figure of the 'Bottle Conjurer'. Published by R. Ackermann, Strand, London, UK.
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