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A Physician-Virtuoso in His Cabinet, Examining a Flask of Urine Brought by a Lady

Photo credit: Wellcome Library

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The subject and composition are characteristic of Gerard Thomas of Antwerp, but the two elongated figures of the lady and the woman holding the baby are in a different style. In a large room, on the left a man seated at a table turns to the right to look up at a flask of urine which he holds in his left hand. In the centre stands an elaborately dressed lady, presumably having brought the urine for diagnosis.

Wellcome Library


  • Date

    early 18th C

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    81 x 115.5 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    purchased by Henry S. Wellcome, c.1900–1936

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