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John Hunter (1728-1793), Surgeon and anatomist

Sitter in 13 portraits
John Hunter moved to London from his native Scotland in 1748. He established a successful surgical practice, and made numerous discoveries in medical science and anatomy. He became Fellow of the Royal Society in 1767, and Surgeon-General in 1790. After his death, Hunter quickly gained a reputation as having been the founding father of his profession. His collection of nearly 14,000 natural history specimens became the basis of the Hunterian Museum, in Glasgow, established in 1807.

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1712

John Hunter

by Unknown artist
plaster cast of life mask, 1913 or before (circa 1785)
NPG 1712

4288

John Hunter

by Unknown artist
bronze cast of life-mask, 1962 (circa 1785)
NPG 4288

77

John Hunter

by John Jackson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, 1813 (1786)
NPG 77

D9006

John Hunter

by and published by William Sharp, and published by Benjamin Beale Evans, and published by William Skelton, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, published 1 January 1788 (1786)
NPG D9006

D36394

John Hunter

by and published by William Sharp, published by Benjamin Beale Evans, published by William Skelton, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, published 1 January 1788 (1786)
NPG D36394

D36395

John Hunter

by and published by William Sharp, published by Benjamin Beale Evans, published by William Skelton, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, published 1 January 1788 (1786)
NPG D36395

D17261

John Hunter

by Henry Bone, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1798 (1786)
NPG D17261

D36396

John Hunter

by William Overend Geller, printed by S.H. Hawkins, published by H. Benham, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 21 April 1836 (1786)
NPG D36396

D19254

John Hunter

by William Overend Geller, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1836 (1786)
NPG D19254

D36393

John Hunter

by Thomas Herbert Maguire, printed by M & N Hanhart, after Nathaniel Dance
lithograph, 1849 (1793)
NPG D36393

D18821

John Hunter

after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, (1786)
NPG D18821

D14236

John Hunter

published by Henry Palser, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1788 (1786)
NPG D14236

D20215

John Hunter

by John Shury, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple and line engraving, circa 1812 (1786)
NPG D20215

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