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William Hunter, 1718 - 1783. Anatomist

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William Hunter, 1718 - 1783. Anatomist 1774

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
William Hunter was a famous and successful surgeon and teacher of medicine. He specialised in midwifery and attended Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, at the birth of her children. He was particularly interested in anatomy and was appointed to lecture on the subject at the Royal Academy of Arts. Hunter amassed a huge collection of coins, works of art, scientific specimens and ethnographic items, which he bequeathed to his old university in Glasgow as well as the money to construct a suitable building to display the collections. The Hunterian Museum opened in 1807, making it Scotland's oldest museum.

Glossary Open


The scientific study of human cultures.

Royal Academy

An independent institution founded in 1768 with Sir Joshua Reynolds as its first president. It is governed by the Royal Academicians - leading painters, sculptors, printmakers and architects, which number no more than 80 at one time. It organises exhibitions at its London galleries, including an annual Summer Exhibition.

Ethnography, Royal Academy


  • Acc. No. PG 2647
  • Medium Copper
  • Size Diameter: 8.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1985