The Pharmacopoeia Comes of Age Poster
18 x 21 in (46 x 53 cm)
"(About 1878) In 1877, the United States Pharmacopoeia was in danger of dissolution. Pharmacists formed a Committee on Revision. Under chairmanship of Charles Rice, aided by Joseph P. Remington and Dr. E.R. Squibb, the book of standards surged to a new importance."
Original vintage poster showing three pharmacists discussing revisions to the pharmacopoeia. The startling stare of the pharmacist on the right engages the viewer in the seriousness of the matters at hand.
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