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John Hunter

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John Hunter engraved and published by William Sharp, 1st January 1788, published by Benjamin Beale Evans, and published by William Skelton, after the original work by Sir Joshua Reynolds. 

Inscribed lower right 'To Thomas Rymer Jones Esq. F.R.S with Wm. Clifts kind Regards.

John Hunter (1728 – 1793) was a Scottish surgeon, one of the most distinguished scientists and surgeons of his day; an early advocate of careful observation and scientific method in medicine. Hunter became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1767. The Hunterian Society of London was named in his honour, and the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons preserves his name and his collection of anatomical specimens.

William Clift, (1775–1849) was a British naturalist, born at Burcombe, near Bodmin in Cornwall. At the beginning of 1792 he came to London and was apprenticed to Hunter without fee and after Hunter's death in 1793 was further engaged by the executors to watch over the collections. During this time he copied and preserved many, probably half, of all Hunter's manuscripts which would otherwise have perished. When the Corporation of Surgeons (by a charter of 1800 becoming Royal College of Surgeons) agreed to take ownership of the collection, Clift was retained and given the title of conservator of the museum.

Thomas Rymer Jones (1810-1880) studied at Guy's Hospital and in Paris. He became first Professor of Comparative Anatomy at King's in 1836, was Fullerian Professor of physiology at The Royal Institution between 1840 and 1842 and contributed several articles to Todd's Encyclopaedia of Anatomy.

Provenance: William Clift and then to Thomas Rymer Jones.

English circa 1790, within a later, fine, carved and parcel-gilt Hogarth frame.

17.5 in x 22.5 in 


Item Code: 3003

£ 780

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