Theophrastus, Father of Botany, 300 B.C. Poster
18 x 21 in (46 x 53 cm)
"The Greek teacher and botanist, Theophrastus, systemized knowledge of herbs and plants, describing their medicinal qualities, preparations and uses. His students learned of nature by observing her treasure at firsthand."
A vibrant illustration of a Greek master educating students on botany. The classical ideal of education.
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