Art UK has updated its cookies policy. By using this website you are agreeing to the use of cookies. To find out more read our updated Use of Cookies policy and our updated Privacy policy.

Edward Jenner (1749–1823)

Photo credit: Royal College of Physicians, London

How you can use this image


This image is available to be shared and re-used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND).

You can reproduce this image for non-commercial purposes and you are not able to change or modify it in any way.

Wherever you reproduce the image you must attribute the original creators (acknowledge the original artist(s) and the person/organisation that took the photograph of the work) and any other rights holders.

Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find more images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons licence available.



Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

Edward Jenner (1749–1823) is well known because of his pioneering work on developing a vaccination for smallpox, which in the eighteenth century killed hundreds of thousands of people across Europe. Jenner was interested in the common belief that people who had had cowpox could not catch smallpox, and he experimented by inoculating a small child first with the cowpox virus, and then with smallpox; the child was immune. Jenner received his medical training from the famous teacher John Hunter, whose experimental approach inspired Jenner to undertake the vaccination. Following Jenner’s discovery, large-scale vaccination programmes were carried out throughout Europe, Russia and the United States. In Britain vaccination clinics were opened and in 1803 the Royal Jennerian Society was formed, with Jenner as president. Smallpox was globally eradicated in 1979.

Royal College of Physicians, London



Edward Jenner (1749–1823)




oil on canvas


H 74.2 x W 61.5 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

gift from W. H. Baillie, 1895

Work type



See a tag that’s incorrect or offensive? Challenge it and notify Art UK.

Help improve Art UK. Tag artworks and verify existing tags by joining the Tagger community.

Normally on display at

Royal College of Physicians, London

11 St Andrew's Place, Regent's Park, London, Greater London NW1 4LE England

This venue is open to the public. Not all artworks are on display. If you want to see a particular artwork, please contact the venue.
View venue