Andrew Duncan, 1744 - 1828. President of the Royal Medical Society and of the Royal College of Physicians
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Andrew Duncan, 1744 - 1828. President of the Royal Medical Society and of the Royal College of Physicians Painted 1825
  • Scottish Art
Andrew Duncan was a respected physician, lecturer and an important institutional innovator in the field of medicine. After finishing his medical studies in 1768, Duncan travelled to China as a surgeon on board an East India Company ship. He returned to Scotland the following year and joined the Edinburgh College of Physicians as a lecturer. Although repeatedly passed over for professorships, he was elected six times as President of the Royal Medical Society. His interest in public health led him to establish Edinburgh’s Royal Public Dispensary, which gave free medicines and advice to the poor. He later founded a public lunatic asylum. In 1790 he was elected President of the Royal College of Physicians and was finally appointed to the University’s chair of Institutes of Medicine.

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East India Company

The East India Company operated on the Indian subcontinent from 1757 to 1857. Over its lifespan it was transformed from a purely mercantile venture into a major political power. It began as an English trading corporation, guaranteed a monopoly of the East India trade by Royal Charter in 1600. After the Act of Union in 1707, Scottish merchants began to be involved in the Company’s activities. The Company was abolished in 1859 after the 1857 Indian Mutiny (or Great Rebellion). India became a colony under the British crown.

East India Company

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  • Acc. No. PGL 258
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 240.00 x 151.10 cm (framed: 269.50 x 179.00 x 8.00 cm)
  • Credit Long loan in