Pharmacy in Ancient China Poster
18 x 21 in (46 x 53 cm)
"Shen Nung, legendary founder of Chinese Pharmacy, is said to have tested 365 herbs on himself, and to have written the pen t'sao, first classification of drug plants. He is still revered by native Chinese drug guilds as their patron god."
Original vintage poster of the patron god of Chinese pharmacy. Shen Nung is surrounded by a bounty of medicinal herbs, all to be tested on himself—a true servant of his craft!
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