Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

A colored lithograph of a well-dressed Black man in a drugstore staffed by a white man. The shop's walls are plastered with testimonials and posters, one which claims "Morrisons pill's warrented to effect a change in 24 hours." Below the image is text that reads: "Universal Pills No. 1." and "Massa doctor you tink I get more vite for taking you pills?" "Decidedly sir! about two thousand boxes more will without doubt render you as white as a lily!"

Title: A black man buying some of J. Morison’s pills, hoping they will make him white

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Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: A black man buying some of J. Morison’s pills, hoping they will make him white. Coloured lithograph.. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Location(s): 377 Strand, London, England

 

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