Bottle of 'Lead with Opium'

Description

Lead with opium was a popular - but deadly and highly addictive - 19th century medicine, typically used for pain relief.

Full title:
Bottle of 'Lead with Opium'
Created:
1901, London
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Object
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© Wellcome Images
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Creative Commons Attribution licence
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WFA WF/OBJ

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Representations of drugs in 19th-century literature

Article by:
Sharon Ruston
Themes:
Romanticism, Fin de siècle, Technology and science

Opium was widely available in the 19th century, sold by barbers, tobacconists and stationers. Writers including Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Charles Dickens all used the drug, for pleasure or as medicine. Professor Sharon Ruston explores how drugs provided both inspiration and subject matter for the literature of the period.

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