Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 654 (Dl.1.27)
Date of Creation: Between 1744 and 1755
Place of Creation: London, England
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Set of 25 obstetrical drawings by Jan van Rymsdyk for William Smellie's obstetrical tables [with other drawings by another hand].
Physical Description: Bound vol.
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Not Assigned
Material Type: Drawing
Notes: Bought by Hunter at the sale of John Harvie's possessions, 1771? See letter from William Hunter to P. Camper, undated, in University of Amsterdam Medical Library.
Drawing no. 10 has been exhibited on the following occasions: 'William Hunter, Book Collector', Glasgow University Library, Apr.-Sep. 1983; 'The Ingenious Machine of Nature', National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Oct. 1996-Jan. 1997, Vancouver Art Gallery, Jan.-Mar. 1997, Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts, Apr.-Jun. 1997.
Bibliography: Jack Baldwin, William Hunter, 1718-1783, book collector: catalogue of an exhibition (Glasgow, 1983), no. 41; Mimi Cazort, Monique Kornell and K.B. Roberts, The ingenious machine of nature: four centuries of art and anatomy (Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1996), no. 96; Roberta McGrath, Seeing her sex: medical archives and the female body (Manchester, 2002), figs 10-12; William Smellie, A sett of anatomical tables, with explanations, and an abridgment, of the practice of midwifery, with a view to illustrate a Treatise on that subject (London, 1754).
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

artist: Jan van Rymsdyk fl.1740-1788
commissioner: William Smellie 1697-1763
Male midwife. Born in Lanarkshire. Apprenticed in 1712 to William Inglis, apothecary in Lanark. Set up independently in 1722, concentrating on midwifery from 1737 …
exhibition: Ingenious Machine of Nature 1996-1997
Exhibition: 'The Ingenious Machine of Nature: Four Centuries of Art and Anatomy = L'ingénieuse machine humaine: Quatre siècles d'art et d'anatomie', National Gallery …
exhibition: William Hunter, Book Collector 1983
Exhibition, Glasgow University Library, 14 april-30 September 1983.
provenance: John Harvie d. c.1771
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