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William Munk (1816–1898) was the son of an ironmonger from Sussex. After studying to become a Doctor of Medicine he obtained various hospital appointments in London and was physician to the Smallpox Hospital. He was regarded as an authority on smallpox in his day and his plea for the wider use of narcotics to relive pain attracted much attention.
John Collier was a leading English artist and one of the most prominent portrait painters of his generation.
oil on canvas
H 90.8 x W 71.1 cm