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Image number: RS.9551
Credit: © The Royal Society
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Portrait of John Hunter

Date

ca.1770

Sitter

John Hunter (1728-1793, British), Surgeon

Creator

Robert Home (1752-1834, British), Painter

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Dimensions

height (painting): 1300mm
width (painting): 1020mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > dog

Description

Three quarter length portrait, seated outdoors in a lightly wooded landscape. Hunter rests his left hand on the head of a dog, which is in turn rests its head in Hunter’s knee. The sitter is dressed in a black tri-corner hat, dark blue coat and white neck-cloth with a red waistcoat embroidered in gold and buckled knee-breeches over white stockings. Hunter’s right hand rests inside his coat.

The animal has been identified as one of John Hunter’s wolf-dog hybrids. [The knife man, Wendy Moore (London Bantam Press, 2005), pp.170-172].

John Hunter was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1767.

Transcription

JOHN HUNTER, F.R.S. by ROBERT HOME

Object history

Presented by Sir James Everard Home FRS (1798-1853), 1850.

The donation of this picture is noted in Council Minutes, reproducing a letter from Sir [James] Everard Home: “4 Queen Anne Street, June 14 1850. Sir, - I have the honour to offer for the acceptance of the Royal Society, to be suspended in the Meeting Room, two pictures, one of John Hunter, the other of Jesse Ramsden, optician, both of them painted by the late Robert Home, Esq…“ [Royal Society Minutes of Council, Printed CMP/2, 1846-1858, p.158, meeting of 20 June 1850].

The artist Robert Home was the brother of the surgeon Sir Everard Home FRS (1756-1832) and of the poet Anne Home (1742-1821) who married John Hunter.

The picture was donated with the Society’s portrait of Jesse Ramsden, also by Robert Home.

Associated place

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