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Name Thom, Robert A.
Other names Robert Alan Thom
Life Dates 1915-1980
Born: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Died: Alma, Michigan
Nationality American
Occupation Illustrator
Painter
Notes Worked for advertising departments of General Motors Corporation and Detroit Edison in 1930s-1940s; known for historical scenes of Michigan and illustrations of the history of industries such as communications, pharmacy and medicine.
Role Artist

Associated Records

Image of Art-2D Collection - 1982.15.2

Art-2D Collection - 1982.15.2

"America's First Apothecary General (1775 - 1783)," c. 1952, photogravure by Robert A. Thom. From the series, "A History of Pharmacy in Pictures" presented by Park, Davis, & Company. The text of the work reads, ""The first American Apothecary General was Bostonian Andrew Craigie, commissioned in 1777. Previously he had served Massachusett's Committee of Safety as Apothecary; took part in the Battle of Bunker Hill. He ably served American forces throughout the War of Independence." In this piece, Craigie administers medicine to a wounded man who lies before him and to his left. Series Title: A History of Pharmacy in Pictures; George A. Bender, Editor. Object History: This plaque belon