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.

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

© Henry Mee. Photo credit: University of Birmingham

How you can use this image

This image can be used for non-commercial research or private study purposes, and other UK exceptions to copyright permitted to users based in the United Kingdom under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised. Any other type of use will need to be cleared with the rights holder(s).

Review the copyright credit lines that are located underneath the image, as these indicate who manages the copyright (©) within the artwork, and the photographic rights within the image.

The collection that owns the artwork may have more information on their own website about permitted uses and image licensing options.

Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find 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.

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. In the same year he was offered the Sands Cox Chair of Anatomy at the University of Birmingham, but was prevented from accepting it straight away due to the war. When the war ended in 1945, Zuckerman accepted his post, even retaining it on a temporary basis after 1960, when he was appointed a scientific advisor to the Ministry of Defence.

University of Birmingham



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




oil on canvas


H 90.2 x W 76.2 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

commissioned by the University of Birmingham, 1988

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.

University of Birmingham

Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TT 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