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A pharmaceutical business (John Bell & Co.): rooms for manufacture, dispensing, and shop. Etching by R.W. Macbeth.

Macbeth, Robert W. 1848-1910.
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[between 1890 and 1899?]

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The pharmacy business of John Bell at 338 (later renumbered 225) Oxford Street, London. The firm was founded in 1798 by John Bell (1774-1849). In 1819 "he established a manufacturing laboratory at the rear of his shop, where he manufactured galenicals & chemicals used in his dispensing business" (British Pharmaceutical Industry Records Database, CD-ROM at the Wellcome Library) An enfilade of rooms. Foreground, a factory with vessels and machinery for chemical and/or pharmaceutical manufacture, with five men at work, all wearing protective clothing. Middle, a room with smaller vessels, possibly a pharmacy for making up medicines for retail. Background, a shop, with a lady customer or a shop assistant. Beyond, the street, with a horse passing along A photograph of the same view of the room, dated 1871, is published by Tallis and Arnold-Forster, loc. cit.: "the 'elaboratory' was totally rebuilt in the late 1850s by John A. Godfrey, when it was fitted as a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant capable of making everything except chemicals on a a large scale"

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R.W.M.

Publication/Creation

[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [between 1890 and 1899?]

Physical description

1 print : etching ; sheet 19 x 24.3 cm

Publications note

N. Tallis and K. Arnold-Forster, Pharmacy history: a pictorial record, London 1991, pl. 88 and p. 46

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 585841i

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