William Harvey dissecting the body of Thomas Parr. Oil painting, ca. 1900.

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Harvey's autopsy on the body of Thomas Parr was performed at the King's request on 16 November 1635, presumably at the Earl of Arundel's house in London, where Parr died. Harvey's report is available in translation (by Arnold Muirhead) in e.g. G. Keynes, The life of William Harvey, Oxford 1978, pp. 221-225, and in William Harvey, The circulation of the blood and other writings, London 1990, pp. 165-168

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1 painting : oil on wood ; wood 37 x 49.3 cm

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Christopher Wright et al., British and Irish paintings in public collections, New Haven and London: Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2006, p. 185


Wellcome Collection 44587i

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