John Lawson Johnston, British inventor of Bovril, 1897.
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Chromolithograph by Spy, subtitled 'Dietetics'. Johnston (d 1900), an Edinburgh butcher, invented Bovril in about 1863. Initially called 'fluid beef', the drink was such a succes that Johnston developed a concentrated version and patented it as Bovril. He became known as 'Mr Bovril' and made his fortune, buying Kingswood House in Dulwich, London, which became known as 'Bovril Castle'. From the magazine 'Vanity Fair'. Dimensions: 400 mm x 270 mm.