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An apothecary sitting in his shop, sorting through materia medica, surrounded by paraphernalia of his profession. Engraving, ca. 1750.

Rock, Doctor, active 1750.
Date
[1750?]
Reference
15904i
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Description

An apothecary, representing the apothecary in W. Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, act V, scene I, 37-86

Publication/Creation

[London] (Old Slaughters Coffee House St. Martins Lane Long Acre) : Accord.g to ye Act. To be had of T. Ewart, [1750?]

Physical description

1 print : line engraving and etching ; platemark 25 x 19.1 cm

Lettering

The apothecary. ... W. Shakespear inv. ; Dr. Rock sculp.

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 15904i

Lettering note

Lettering continues: I do remember an apothecary, and hereabouts he dwells, which late I noted in tatter'd weeds, with overwhelming brows, culling of simples; meager were his looks, sharp misery had worn him to the bones: and in his needy shop a tortoise hung, an alligator sluft, and other skins of ill shap'd fishes, and about his shelves a beggarly account of empty boxes; green earthen pots, bladders, and musty seeds, remnants of packthread, and old cakes of roses where thinly scattered to make a shew

Creator/production credits

The attribution of the design to William Shakespeare and the engraving to Dr Rock is fictitious

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Languages

  • English


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