'The Itinerant Apothecary', print by George Spratt, London, England, 1830

Made:
1830 in London
printer:
George E Madeley
artist:
George Spratt

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THE ITINERANT APOTHECARY. Print. Personifications, scenes showing people [men, women] constructed of artefacts
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Print. Personifications, scenes showing people [men, women] constructed of artefacts embodying their character. G. Spratt. Pub. C. Tilt, 1830, printed G.E. Madeley, Wellington Street, Strand, [London]: THE ITINERANT APOTHECARY / G. Spratt del. ; Printed by G. E. Madeley, 3 Wellington Stt Strand. Tilt, Fleet Street, nd. [1830]. lithograph, handcol; trimmed to 27x22cm upon sheet 30.5x23.5cm. Man fashioned from ceramic jars, pestle and mortar hat, bottles, lozenge and pill tins for feet.

George Spratt was a man-midwife who is better known for his ‘personifications’, in which a person is made up from the tools of their trade or the objects they are normally associated with. Here, an apothecary has a thigh and a hat made from a pestle and mortar, a measuring cylinder as a lower leg, bottles of treatments for arms and boxes of pills for feet. A pill cutter also forms part of his coat.

Spratt collaborated on a number of these drawings with the lithographer G E Madeley (active 1826-1854) and English bookseller and publisher Charles Tilt (1797-1861).

Details

Category:
Art
Object Number:
1989-451/2
type:
print
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • visual and verbal communication
  • print
  • planographic print
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • pounder
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • grinder - tool
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • measure - volume
status:
Permanent collection

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