Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir James Paget, 1st Bt (1814-1899), Surgeon

Surgeon and pathologist; born 11 January 1814, at Great Yarmouth, son of a brewer. Trained locally and at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, where he remained until 1871; MRCS 1836; FRS 1851; surgeon to Queen Victoria 1858 and Prince of Wales 1863–99; member of London University senate 1860–95, university vice-chancellor 1884–95; lecturer and author of papers mainly on pathology; on council of Royal College of Surgeons 1865–89; chair of Clinical Society 1869 and of Pathological Society 1887; created baronet 1871; president of International Medical Congress 1881; died 30 December 1899, in London.

In appearance he was

slightly built and a little above medium height, his face rather long, his cheeks somewhat flushed, and his eyes bright. His voice was soft and musical; he spoke quietly, fluently, and apparently extemporaneously. His public utterances were carefully prepared beforehand, and were given an air of spontaneity by slight pauses, as though hesitating for an instant in the flow of thought. [1]

Dr Jan Marsh

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1) ‘Paget, Sir James (1814–1899)’, Plarr’s Lives of the Fellows Online.

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Mac Cormac 1881
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Paget 1901
Paget, S., ed., Memoirs and Letters of Sir James Paget, London, 1901.

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