Herbalist, 1929
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Herbalist, 1929 1929
  • Artist Rooms
August Sander included this portrait of a herbalist alongside such practitioners of orthodox medicine as ‘The Doctor’ (1929) in his portfolio entitled ‘The Doctor and the Pharmacist’ within the group ‘Classes and Professions’ in his photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’. Considered in this context, there are several striking differences. The herbalist’s seated posture, leaning slightly back with his hands folded loosely over the crook of a walking stick, conveys a more casual effect than the standing pose of the doctor, who is given authority by his laboratory setting and whose name is included in his portrait title. By contrast, the anonymous herbalist is photographed before a grey wall, outside his working environment, without the tools of his trade.


  • Acc. No. AL00124
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.60 x 16.70 cm (paper 43.90 x 34.00 cm; mount: 46.00 x 36.00 cm) (framed: 48.20 x 38.20 x 3.20 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010