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Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery William Hunter Collections:
GLAHA 9120


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GLAHM 9120: William Cullen 30/04/1772 - click to view larger image

William Cullen 30/04/1772

mezzotint

CRE GREEN, Valentine; (English; 1739-1813) CRE COCHRANE, William; (Scottish; 1738-1785) PUB SOMMERS, T; (Scottish; fl. 1772-1788)


Materials:
printed in black on laid paper
Dimensions:
38.0 x 27.7
Frame:
AtU
Marks:
In scratched letters: "W.Cochrane pinxit, T. Sommers excudit. Edinburgh, Publish'd by T. Sommers April 30th 1772. V. Green fecit" Verso, black pen, t.l. : "No 9"; b.r:"U 9"
References:
30 SMITH, John Chaloner 1880 British Mezzotinto Portraits, London, Henry Sotheran and Co. 1878-1883, 4 vols
Notes:
From the founder, Dr William Hunter's collection. Professor William Cullen (1710-1790) became First Physician to his Majesty in Scotland, and Professor of Medicine at both Glasgow and Edinburgh. Hunter's family were acquainted with Cullen, who practiced medicine in Hamilton, the nearest town to Kilbride, and where William attended school. This impression is a 'scratch letter' proof which Hunter probably obtained directly from his friend Valentine Green. In fact it appears from Hunter's correspondence with William Cullen that he was at the very least instrumental in commissioning the plate from Green (Brock, Correspondence 169). This letter from Hunter to Cullen records that he had heard from Robert Strange that Cullen's pupils had asked for his picture, and wrote that 'If I can be of any use in getting a single line of the engraving better done, command me.' Cullen's portrait (Scottish National Portrait Gallery) was by the Glasgow-trained painter William Cochrane, who had visited Hunter in 1761 en-route for Rome. Hunter may have taken charge of his protégé's painting, which was exhibited at the Society of Artists in 1776, where a critic for the London Advertiser mentions it as 'a fine coloured picture', among the works which 'appeared to be the most deserving of public attention' (The Public Advertiser, Friday 17 April, 1776).
Keywords:
PORTRAIT : DOCTOR : PHYSICIAN : PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE : UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH : HUNTER CORRESPONDENT : HUNTER 2007 :

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