Call for Paper: Heroes conference, Royal Geographical Society, 3-4 October 2015

Posted: 28 May 2015

Horatio Nelson ('The Hero of the Nile') by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey, hand-coloured etching and stipple engraving, published 1 December 1798 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Deadline for abstracts: Monday 20 July   The figure of the hero is a matter of great cultural debate at the present time, in British contexts and beyond. Recent conflicts; natural disasters; ambitious expeditions; Olympic and Paralympic events – all have forged potential hero figures, renewing centuries-old discussions about just who, or what, a hero might be. This two-day conference[...]



An audience with Dr William Hunter by Sarah Backhouse

Posted: 30 March 2015

Dr William Hunter lecturing by Johan Zoffany, c.1770-1772. Royal College of Physicians, London

In 1825, ‘Mrs Baillie’ bequeathed a remarkable conversation piece by Johan Zoffany to the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). This painting represents the Scottish-born anatomist, surgeon and midwife Dr William Hunter giving an anatomy lecture to a group of individuals. Mrs Baillie was the wife of Dr Matthew Baillie, Hunter’s nephew and heir. While living in London, Hunter built up a superb library and collection of anatomical preparations, medals, prints and natural history specimens, the vast majority of which were posthumously donated (at Hunter’s bequest) to the University of Glasgow, as the foundation of the[...]