Portrait of Ivan Pavlov and dog

    Date
    1920s
    Sitter
    Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1849 - 1936, Russian) , Physiologist
    Creator
    Unknown, Photographer
    Object type
    Material
    Technique
    Dimensions
    height (print): 99mm
    width (print): 147mm
    Subject
    Content object
    nature
       > animal
          > dog
    Description
    Portrait of Ivan Pavlov as an older man, leaning back in his seat with arms folded. A dog stands on the bench before him, supported by a harness and with various sensors attached to its body for conditional reflex experimentation.

    An original typescript caption verso reads: “For Dr. Elliott, Prof. Pavlov seated beside his favourite dog. Attachments are shown for stimulation at various points (for work on conditional reflexes).”

    One of a group of nine photographs sent to Thomas Renton Elliott FRS (1877-1961), apparently by Pavlov, and presented by Elliott to Hugh Sinclair in 1945-1946.

    Possibly taken in Pavlov's laboratory at the Institute of Experimental Medicine, St Petersburg, Russia. Pavlov was the Director of the Institute’s Physiology Department from 1890 until the end of his life.

    Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1849-1936) Russian physiologist was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society in 1907.
    Object history
    Donated to the Royal Society by the University of Reading, 2012. The University of Reading houses the papers of Hugh Sinclair.
    Credit
    ©The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.14171
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