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More Wellcome Costumes

20 May, 2015

The Author has previously celebrated the styling of Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome, most notably his evolving facial hair and Casual Canoeing Costume. Henry Wellcome was a fascinating fellow: born in a Wisconsin log cabin, he went on to travel the world, make his fortune in pharmaceuticals and establish the Wellcome trust, one of the world’s largest private medical charities. His other achievements include building an impressive collection of masks (a few examples: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and wardrobe.

Hunting costume. Please notice the studio setting: rug of ‘grass’, fake tree, painted background.

M0007862 H.S. Wellcome in the costume of a monk Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Full length photographic portrait of H. S. Wellcome in the costume of a monk, taken 1885. 1885 Henry Wellcome: in costume as: monk  Published: 1885 Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Henry Wellcome as a Monk. A curious studio portrait.

L0076781 Sir Henry Wellcome and J. Baiz, his guide Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Sir Henry Wellcome (left) and J. Bazi, his guide and interpreter, during his journey through Central America. In 1878, the 25 year-old Henry Wellcome set out on an expedition to explore the native Chinchona forests of Ecuador. The bark of Chinchona trees was the prime source of pure quinine, an extract used to treat malaria. At the time Wellcome was working as a salesman for the well-known American pharmaceutical firm of McKesson & Robbins. Wellcome's account of his travels - published at length in pharmaceutical journals on both sides of the Atlantic - established his name amongst his trade peers.  The article paints a vivid picture of a young man with an inquiring mind and a taste for adventure. Photograph 1879 H.S. Wellcome: Personal Collection of photographs, family etc. Published:  -  Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Tourist Attire in Ecuador

M0008686 Wellcome Archives: H. Wellcome at Jebel Moya Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Sir Henry Wellcome with some staff at archeological Excavation Camp, Jebel Moya. Published:  -  Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Camel riding costume.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sally Jarvis permalink
    20 May, 2015 4:22 pm

    I do think that the canoeing costume should be a requirement at PLP

  2. 21 May, 2015 2:41 pm

    Agreed!

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