Monastic Pharmacy Poster
18 x 21 in (46 x 53 cm)
"(5th to 12th Centuries) Monks, trained as apothecaries, preserved and advanced pharmaceutical knowledge during the Middle Ages; raised medicinal herbs in cloister gardens for treatment of the ill and injured who came to their doors seeking care."
Original vintage poster of monks tending their medicinal gardens. The garden is perfectly kept and organized—a beautiful illustration of the botanical side to pharmacy.
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