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 at the Royal College of Surgeons, London.
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- William Hunter (brother)