About this artwork

William Hunter was a famous and successful surgeon and teacher of medicine. He specialised in midwifery and attended Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, at the birth of her children. He was particularly interested in anatomy and was appointed to lecture on the subject at the Royal Academy of Arts. Hunter amassed a huge collection of coins, works of art, scientific specimens and ethnographic items, which he bequeathed to his old university in Glasgow as well as the money to construct a suitable building to display the collections. The Hunterian Museum opened in 1807, making it Scotland's oldest museum.

Edward Burch

Edward Burch

Edward Burch trained at the Royal Academy Schools in London from 1769. He went on to work as a sculptor and gem engraver. In 1788 he was appointed engraver to the King and the Duke of York. He modelled wax portraits for James Tassie and for Josiah Wedgwood. Burch also held the post of Librarian of the Royal Academy from 1794.