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Poster Advertisement for Richard Lewis, Chemist (c. 1820s)


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Poster Advertisement for Richard Lewis, Chemist - Click for bigger imageThis very detailed poster, printed by William Davison, advertises at length of the variety of items prepared and sold by Richard Lewis, chemist and druggist of Morpeth. Items ranged from the lovely "Barley Sugar and Sugar Candy" to the not-so-lovely "Genuine Mustard in 1lb. Bladders"! William Davison was born at Alnwick, Northumberland, on 16th November 1781. He was the youngest son of William & Mary Davison. After leaving school William junior entered into an apprenticeship with Mr. Hind, a chemist in Newcastle. It is believed William returned to Alnwick in 1802, setting up business as a pharmacist. In 1803 he entered into a short partnership with Joseph Perry, a local printer in Alnwick. William continued to work in the town as an apothecary, pharmacist, and printer until his death in 1858. His printed material remains a unique illustration of the business and social activities present in the Alnwick area during the early and mid-nineteenth century.