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Title: 1904P481 The Laboratory
Description: 1904P481
The Laboratory, 1849
Artist: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

An illustration to Browning's poem 'The Laboratory', set in the eighteenth-century, this said to be Rossetti's first watercolour over a drawing.
An alchemist seated in his laboratory accepts jewellery from a woman in payment for poison to destroy her rival. The painting illustrates the lines 'In this devil's smithy / Where is the poison to poison her prithee?'
Keywords:
Art Movement
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Pre-Raphaelite
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Birmingham Museums Trust/Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
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Drawing
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Watercolour
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Pencil
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Sketch
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Figurative
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Illustration
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Literature
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Poetry
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Study
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Works on Paper
   
Usage Rights: Creative Commons 0 - Public Domain. Optional attribution: Photo by Birmingham Museums Trust, licensed under CC0
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Credit Line: Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1903.