ca. 1897, [Photograph of the Dissection Room, Medical School, Newcastle upon Tyne], J.B. Walters
via the Wellcome Library, Iconographic Collections

ca. 1897, [Photograph of the Dissection Room, Medical School, Newcastle upon Tyne], J.B. Walters

via the Wellcome Library, Iconographic Collections

ca. 1880-1910, [albumen portrait of a eight veterinary students and an instructor performing a horse dissection]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1880-1910, [albumen portrait of a eight veterinary students and an instructor performing a horse dissection]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1857, “The Anatomy Lesson with Dr. George Rolleston”, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson


Charles Lutwidge Dodgson is best known by his pen name Lewis Carroll and as the author of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. He was also a mathematics don at Christ Church, Oxford and a highly accomplished amateur photographer. He was particularly skilled at photographing his many ‘child-friends’ but also made numerous portraits of adults, including his Oxford colleagues.
Dodgson made this group portrait in the Anatomical Museum at Christ Church in 1857. Gathered around the skeleton of a fish are, from left to right, Dr. George Rolleston, professor of anatomy; William Robertson, demonstrator of anatomy; and undergraduates Augustus Vernon Harcourt and Heywood Smith.

 via the Victoria & Albert Museum, Prints, Drawings and Paintings Collection

ca. 1857, “The Anatomy Lesson with Dr. George Rolleston”, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson is best known by his pen name Lewis Carroll and as the author of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. He was also a mathematics don at Christ Church, Oxford and a highly accomplished amateur photographer. He was particularly skilled at photographing his many ‘child-friends’ but also made numerous portraits of adults, including his Oxford colleagues.

Dodgson made this group portrait in the Anatomical Museum at Christ Church in 1857. Gathered around the skeleton of a fish are, from left to right, Dr. George Rolleston, professor of anatomy; William Robertson, demonstrator of anatomy; and undergraduates Augustus Vernon Harcourt and Heywood Smith.

 via the Victoria & Albert Museum, Prints, Drawings and Paintings Collection

ca. 1903, [silver print portrait of six medical students performing a dissection], Chas. F. Bretzman
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1903, [silver print portrait of six medical students performing a dissection], Chas. F. Bretzman

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype, still life with a skull], L. Jules Duboscq-Soleil
via the George Eastman House Collection, Still Photograph Archive

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype, still life with a skull], L. Jules Duboscq-Soleil

via the George Eastman House Collection, Still Photograph Archive

ca. 1888-1893, [The interior of the Department of Anatomy at Cambridge University]
via the Wellcome Library, Iconographic Collections

ca. 1888-1893, [The interior of the Department of Anatomy at Cambridge University]

via the Wellcome Library, Iconographic Collections

ca. 1870, “SP 310: Cranium with an Iron Arrow-Head impacted in the left Temporal Bone”, George A. Otis
via the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Otis Historical Archives on Flickr

ca. 1870, “SP 310: Cranium with an Iron Arrow-Head impacted in the left Temporal Bone”, George A. Otis

via the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Otis Historical Archives on Flickr

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