Bell and pharmacy

Bell and Pharmacy

In 1827, on leaving school, Jacob was apprenticed in his father's business. He had to observe all of the same rules and regulations as the other apprentices. However, he eventually gained a little more freedom to attend lectures on chemistry at the Royal Institution, and on physic (medicine) at King's College. When he moved into a larger bedroom, he converted it into a laboratory that included a furnace. He made life-long friends with his colleagues at John Bell and Co, including Henry Deane and Theophilus Redwood.

Image left: Bell kept an illustrated journal for many years. Here is a detail from his list of fractures made during the apprenticeship of Jacob Bell which records life in his
father's pharmacy.