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Image number: RS.14171
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Portrait of Ivan Pavlov and dog




Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1849-1936, Russian), Physiologist


Unknown, Photographer

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height (print): 99mm
width (print): 147mm


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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.