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Image number: RS.16430
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Excrescences of nails




Henry Hunt (d.1713, British), Artist

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height (paper): 185mm
width (paper): 195mm


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Drawing by Henry Hunt of excrescences of nails from a patient at St Claire Hospital, Paris, which John Locke obtained in the year 1678. The excrescences appeared after small pox, and were painful to the patient, according to Locke. The nails were presented at the Royal Society on 24 February 1697, and printed in J. Locke, 'An Account of One Who Had Horny Excrescencies or Extraordinary Large Nails on His Fingers and Toes', Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol. 19, no. 230 (1697), pp. 594-96.


At the top: 'excresances (sic) of a mans Nailes ad vi[vum] HNT'
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At the meeting of the Royal Society on 24 February 1697, 'Dr Sloane presented from Mr Locke 8 horny excrescences or nails one of wch was of a prodigious length, ye person who had on all his fingers & toes was in prodigious pain when any thing touch’d ym. They came after ye small pox, they had been taken of by ye surgeon in his presence in ye Charite Hospitall at Pairs in ye year 1678' (JBO/10/17).

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John Locke (1632-1704, British), Natural philosopher

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