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Protesting licentiates marching to the Royal College of Physicians in 1767. Coloured etching by J. June, 1768.

June, John.
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[as the Act directs 1 September 1768]
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The street passing from left to right is Newgate Street in the City of London; the street leading away from it is Warwick Lane. The dome of the Cutlerian anatomy theatre of the Royal College of Physicians is visible on the right side of the lane. Medical graduates of the Scottish universities were not admitted as Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians, but were admitted only in the lesser rank of Licentiates. In protest at this restriction, on 24 or 30 September 1767, Licentiates of the College, united under the name of the Society of Collegiate Physicians, marched armed with staves from the Queen's Arms Tavern in St Paul's Churchyard to the College's premises in Warwick Lane, forced open the gate into the courtyard, broke the glass in the College's windows, forced open the locked door to the College Hall (with the aid of a blacksmith, shown on the left of the print, using a sledgehammer and crowbar), and broke up a meeting of the President (Sir William Browne) and the Fellows. The demonstrators included William Hunter, George Fordyce and Maxwell Garthshore, among others. The College agreed in 1834 to open its Fellowship to graduates of other universities than Oxford or Cambridge

Publication/Creation

[London (53 Fleet Street)] : [Robt. Sayer] ; [London (35 Cheapside)] : [John Smith], [as the Act directs 1 September 1768]

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1 print : etching, with watercolour

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The march of the medical militants to the siege of Warwick-Lane-Castle in the year 1767. J. June sculp.

Publications note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. IV, London 1883, no. 4174
L.C. Stevenson, 'The siege of Warwick Lane', Journal of the History of Medicine, 1952, 7: 105-121

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 10758i

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