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William Hunter (1718–1783) was a Scottish-born anatomist, surgeon and midwife who became ‘perhaps the best teacher of anatomy that ever lived’. He ran a surgical and midwifery practice in London, investigating the female reproductive system by dissecting animals. He lectured on surgery and later anatomy, which became his chief interest. Hunter built up a busy practice and was appointed physician-extraordinary to the Queen.
oil on canvas
H 77.4 x W 103.5 cm
gift from Mrs Baillie, 1825