Weird Picture of the Day

June 9 2020

Image of Weird Picture of the Day

Picture: Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Dr Jenny Gaschke, curator of fine art at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, has posted this image on Twitter today under the heading 'Weird Picture of the Day'.

It shows a gentleman with some sort of water pump in his hand. The picture was formerly believed to depict an attendant of the local Hotwells Spa but this is now doubted. The current school of thought is that the painting was made in seventeenth century France and might be connected to the Alsace region.

Any AHN readers with specialist knowledge of the history of water pumps are encouraged to get in contact with Jenny.

Here is a link to the work on ArtUk.

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