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Image number: RS.14163
Credit: ©Halftones Limited

Tobacco testing

Date

late nineteenth century

Creator - Organisation

Halftones Limited, Photographer

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 166mm
width (print): 214mm

Subject

Description

Half-portrait of an unknown chemist inspecting a rolling paper in the Government Laboratory. He wears a pinstriped suit jacket and trousers, and looks down at his work, his face in left profile. On the table in front of him are deconstructed cigarettes, separated into piles of tobacco and rolling papers. Jars of cigarettes and tobacco line the back wall.

The Government Laboratory on Clements Inn Passage, London, was established in 1842 for the prevention of adulteration of tobacco products.

Verso inscription: ‘Examination of cigarettes

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17, FLEET STREET, E.C. Fee 5/-‘

From the papers of Thomas Thorpe. Sir Thomas Edward Thorpe (1845-1925), British chemist served as Chief Chemist to the British Government, as Director of the Government Laboratory, from 1894 to 1909. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1863.

Associated place

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