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Joseph Thomas Clover (1825–1882)

Photo credit: Royal College of Anaesthetists

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This portrait was painted by the sitter's uncle, Thomas Clover, in 1844. Joseph Thomas Clover (28 February 1825–27 September 1882) was an English doctor, and one of the very first doctors to devote his career to the field of anaesthesia. He is regarded as a pioneer in the field. During his lifetime, Clover invented and improved many pieces of medical apparatus, including many to make the administration of anaesthea easier and safer. Many of these inventions bore his name such as 'Clover's chloroform apparatus' and 'Clover's ether inhaler'. Together with John Snow, he is one of the supporters on the crest of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. In 1949, the Royal College of Surgeons established the annual Joseph Clover Lecture in recognition of his contribution to anaesthesia.

Royal College of Anaesthetists



Joseph Thomas Clover (1825–1882)




oil on canvas


H 34 x W 28 cm

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Royal College of Anaesthetists

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