Serturner, First Alkaloid Chemist Poster
18 x 21 in (46 x 53 cm)
"(About 1816) Friedrich Wilhelm Sertürner, young German apothecary, discovered plant alkaloids and isolated morphine from opium. Extensive experiments, including physiologic tests of morphine on himself and three friends, took place in his apothecary shop."
Original vintage poster of Wilhelm Serturner experimenting in his apothecary late into the night. His colleagues may be dozing off, but the innovating mind never sleeps.
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