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Sir William Macewen (1848–1924), CB, DCL, FRS

Photo credit: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

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This portrait was painted posthumously from a photograph by Messrs Annan of Glasgow. Sir William Macewen was one of the giants of medicine in Glasgow. A pioneering surgeon, he published key work on the structure of the brain and in 1879 is thought to have carried out the first operation on a brain tumour.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

  • Date painted


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    90 x 70 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    donated by Dr Freeland Fergus, 1924


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Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

232–242 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5RJ Scotland

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