9 7/8 x 11 15/16 in. (25.1 x 30.3 cm)
English, c. 1760–1800
John Hamilton Mortimer
Committee for Art Acquisitions Fund
Elizabeth Kathleen Mitchell, Ph.D., Burton and Deedee McMurtry Curator and Director of the Curatorial Fellowship Program, Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University:
Eighteenth-century Great Britain harbored conflicting ideas about anatomical study. Its physicians enjoyed an international reputation for pioneering research based on the latest philosophical approaches and technologies informed by empirical study. At the same time, public opinion of anatomists was tainted by associations with grave robbing, which provided fodder for satirists. This unflattering satire may depict the Scottish brothers John (1728–1793) and William Hunter (1718–1783), who counted among the most influential surgeons and anatomists of their day.
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Use for representations, often portraits, that exaggerate certain features or characteristics to humorous or ludicrous effect. [April 1991 descriptor moved.]
Literary compositions in verse or prose in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule. RHUND2 [May 1994 descriptor added.]
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