A drawing in Indian Ink (?) by Robert Lenkiewicz entitled "Still-Head and Alembics, Libavius 1606." Not dated but probably executed in the 1970s. Robert LENKIEWICZ.
A drawing in Indian Ink (?) by Robert Lenkiewicz entitled "Still-Head and Alembics, Libavius 1606." Not dated but probably executed in the 1970s.

A drawing in Indian Ink (?) by Robert Lenkiewicz entitled "Still-Head and Alembics, Libavius 1606." Not dated but probably executed in the 1970s.

[ circa 1970 ]. The drawing is in black ink (it appears to be "Indian ink," drawn with nibbed pen, although it may have been some sort of fine marker) on a sheet of white paper, with a caption immediately below the design reading "Still-Head and Alembics, Libavius 1606." Lenkiewicz has mis-written the word "Still" in the caption as "Stills" and struck through the rogue "s." The size of the image and immediate surrounds (as shown) is approx. 8 inches high x 6 inches wide (203mm high x 152mm wide). The size of the whole sheet of which this is a part is 13.5 inches high x 11 inches wide (343mm high x 279mm wide). Robert Oscar Lenkiewicz (1941 - 2002) was a renowned British artist, Hermeticist, and student of the alchemical arts, who was also well-known as an eccentric and book-collector. He was a regular visitor to the British Library and the British Museum, where he made careful sketches based on the illustrations and diagrams that were relevant to his studies that he found in rare alchemical manuscripts and books. This is one such drawing, apparently after designs in the "Commentariorum Alchymiae" of Andreas Libavius (Frankfurt, 1606). It was one of a number of such sketches, some loose, some housed in a large folio entitled "On Alchemical Apparatus," that were evidently related to his personal researches into the subject, rather than being "finished artworks" intended for exhibition or sale. As such it is not signed, although we do provide a guarantee and certificate of authenticity. Two small holes punched in the extreme left margin and neither of which are near the image area. A little bit of smudging to the linework, and a hint of discoloration, including what looks like a very faint outline of part of a shoe-print on the right margin. Over all VG condition and would frame nicely. A good opportunity to acquire an authentic and intimate memento of this fascinating artist & hermeticist, at a fraction of the price that one of his own finished artworks would fetch. Item #41341

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