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Sir Solly Zuckerman (1904–1993), Professor of Anatomy

© Henry Mee. Photo credit: University of Birmingham

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In this painting the sitter is positioned looking at the viewer face on. The sitter here is Solly Zuckerman, or Baron Zuckerman. Born in Cape Town in 1904, Zuckerman was educated in South Africa between 1915 and 1924 and developed a fascination with the ape, an interest that later developed into anatomy. He moved to Britain in 1934 as a member of the Oxford University Anatomy Department, and shortly afterwards married Lady Joan Rufus Isaacs in 1939.

University of Birmingham





oil on canvas


H 90.2 x W 76.2 cm

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commissioned by the University of Birmingham, 1988

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University of Birmingham

Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TT England

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