French chemist; developed Pasteurization and an inoculation for rabies.
Autograph Letter Signed, ‘L. Pasteur,” March 9 [no year]. One page, octavo. In French.
“I want to thank you right away for your information on the subject of Mr. Eastlake’s work. I had already seen an interesting summary of it in your fine book about Polynesian architecture.
Louis Pasteur, the celebrated French chemist and biologist, had many achievements in his career, among them, explaining the process of fermentation, developing “pasteurization,” advancing a biological or “germ” theory of disease, and developing a treatment for rabies. He writes here to thank a colleague for information in a very different field — architecture and furnishings.
Though Louis Pasteur was an average student in his early years, he was gifted in drawing and painting. These artistic interests continued as his career developed and his scientific reputation grew, the scientific interests undoubtedly benefiting from the artistic ones.
Charles Eastlake was an English architect who wrote about furniture and other aspects of interior design, popularizing the ideas of William Morris in the decorative arts. His Hints on Household Taste in Furniture, Upholstery, and Other Details, published in 1868, was particularly influential.
Framed (with light green inner and outer mats, in a black and silver frame, with a portrait) dimensions: 15 5/8 inches wide by 13 1/4 inches high.
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