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Dr Barclay's advocation to the proposed professorship of comparative anatomy supported and opposed: represented by him riding the skeleton of an elephant into the University of Edinburgh. Etching by J. Kay, 1817.

Kay, John, 1742-1826.
Date
1817
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544963i
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Satire generated by the proposal, in 1817, to found a chair of comparative anatomy at Edinburgh University. John Barclay, who was proposed as candidate for the chair, rides on the skeleton of an elephant trying to enter the porch of Old College, Edinburgh. He is supported by J. Gregory, who is pushing the elephant from the rear. Underneath the animal, T.C. Hope has fallen after an attempt to break its forward stride. To right, Alexander Monro tertius and R. Jameson both bar the way into the college

Publication/Creation

1817.

Physical description

1 print : etching with aquatint ; platemark 20 x 28.6 cm

Lettering

The craft in danger. "An uproar among the craftsmen at Ephesus opposing a new species of knowledge which they thought might interfere with the profits of their trade". Acts XIX ver. 23 & c. I. Kay 1817.

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Not found in: British Museum Catalogue of political and personal satires, London 1870-1954

Lettering note

Bears number: 322
Inscriptions accompany the figures. Labels using geological terms include puns on the name Barclay

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 544963i

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