U.S.PD: PD-Art: Reproduction of 1880 oil on canvas painting by John Singer Sargent: b. 1856. d. 1925. American realist painter of portraits and landscapes. This painting of a woman breathing the fumes of ambergris, a substance expelled from the digestive system of sperm whales, which was highly valued as a base for perfume, and also the fumes used for medicinal purposes in respiratory ailments. ( smoke ambergris ).
November 4th, 2014
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