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Henry Wellcome caricature Pen and ink drawing Fred Reynolds 9590i Wellcome Library
…having travelled so much it is
irksome to remain in one place. Henry Wellcome writing
to his mother, 8 May 1881
Henry Wellcome aged 16 Photograph c.1869 M0007841 Wellcome Images
Born in a log cabin in northern Wisconsin, USA, Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853−1936) started his career working as a travelling salesman for a New York pharmaceutical company. He died a Knight of the British Empire, having established himself as a businessman, collector and philanthropist.
Henry Wellcome in costume as a warrior Photograph 1885 M0007861 Wellcome Images
Henry Wellcome (left) and J Bazi, his guide and interpreter, in Central America Photograph 1879 L0076781 Wellcome Images
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One of the things about Sir Henry was that he thought he would never die.
Burroughs Wellcome employee W J Britchford in a letter dated 29 April 1975