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A chemist, surrounded by symbols and instruments of chemistry, advertising Richard Siddall, chemist in London. Etching by R. Clee, ca. 1750, after J. de Lajoue, ca. 1735.

  • Lajoue, Jacques de, 1686 or 1687-1761.
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An antique bust is shown at the top, presumably the "Golden Head" which Siddall used as his shop-sign. Heal says of it "The head is possibly that of Glauber, a very popular sign with chemists", and Snodin repeats that as fact. However, it appears to be more like Galen or Hippocrates


[London] : [publisher not identified], [1750?]

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1 print : etching ; platemark 19.4 x 14.5 cm


Richard Siddall, chymist at the Golden Head in Panton Street, near the Haymarket, makes and sells all manner of chymical and Galenical medicines with all sorts of druggs; wholesale & retail at very reasonable rates. N.B. the elixir for the asthma, as also for the gout and rheumatism. Rt. Clee fecit

References note

Ambrose Heal, London tradesmen's cards of the XVIII century, London 1925, p. 70 and pl. XI
M. Snodin, Rococo: art and design in Hogarth's England, London 1984, p. 46, no. C14


Wellcome Library no. 36994i

Reproduction note

Design derived from engraving 'La pharmacie', 1738, by C.N. Cochin after J. La Joué, 1735, with modifications. Another print after 'La pharmacie', entitled 'Der Alchimist', was made by J. Wangner.


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