Days of the Papyrus Ebers, 1500 B.C. Poster
18 x 21 in (46 x 53 cm)
"Though Egyptian medicine dates from 2900 B.C., best record of Egyptian knowledge of drugs and compounding is the Papyrus Ebers, collection of 800 prescriptions. Dictating to a scribe, the head pharmacist directed compounding in a temple drug room."
Original vintage poster of a busy Egyptian pharmaceutical venture. The dynamism of the poster drags the viewer into the scene.
Born in Grand Rapids, Missouri in 1915, Robert Thom is a notable American illustrator. Thom is best-known for his historical scenes, as exemplified in this series of works, A History of Pharmacy in Pictures. This series was commissioned by Parke-Davis Company, a subsidiary of Pfizer, and was printed serially throughout the 50s. The 40 pieces were created in partnership with the Institute for the History of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin. Thom started his career as a commercial illustrator for Detroit Edison and General Motors in 1939. After six years, Thom left these companies behind and shifted to being an independent artist. Thom began taking commissions for paintings and attracted big-name clientele. An important contributor to American illustration, Thom’s realistic work can be seen at the Baseball Hall of Fame and the White House.
Artist: Robert A. Thom
Printer: Parke, Davis & Company