Thursday, September 26, 2013

Watson, Thomas Boswell (1856-1859)

Three Chinese figures by Thomas Watson, pen and ink and pencil

How Watson's the Chemist Began.

b.1815-d.1860. (Edin.). Macau nlt.1845,  private practitioner nlt.1845; sold his practice to a Dr. B. Kane and moved to Hong Kong 1856. Private practitioner, equity partner, Hong Kong Dispensary [1] 1856; equity partner, Victoria Dispensary 1856-1857, closed down due to lack of business. Left Hong Kong for Scotland 1859 due to ill health 1859. Died 1860, left a sizeable estate. Notable amateur painter; close friend of famous Macau-based painter George Chinnery.

[1] Watson's nephew Alexander Skirving Watson joined the Hong Kong Dispensary as manager in 1858. After Watson died, A.S. Watson together with John David Humphreys and Arthur Hunt leased the dispensary for their operation, and from 1862 onwards the name A.S. Watson featured prominently at the Hong Kong Dispensary. In 1871, the Watson family leased the company to Drs. Humphreys and Hunt, and thenceforth the company is known as A.S. Watson and Co., where Watsons the Chemist became the trade name for the retail outlets.


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