Printed portraits of men distinguished in the field of medicine, 1719-1928

Scope and Content

The subjects of the portraits include men distinguished in the field of medicine in Britain and Europe from the 17th to the early 19th centuries. A few portraits depict men better known for other endeavours, such as Captain James Cook, James Watt, William Wilberforce and Sir Richard Arkwright.

The collection also includes pages torn from an early-20th century illustrated volume entitled 'History of Inoculation and Vaccination', and some pages taken from journals and other publications.

Administrative / Biographical History

This artificial collection is of interest to historians of medicine. Its original provenance is not known. The portraits appear to have been clipped or torn from various printed volumes published from the 18th century to around 1842.


No archival arrangement has been necessary

Access Information

Accessible to all registered readers.

Other Finding Aids

Copyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus:

Typescript Catalogue, 11pp

On the World Wide Web:

Catalogue accessible from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements


Conditions Governing Use

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email

Custodial History

This collection was presented to the Medical Library at the University of Nottingham in 1967, and transferred to the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in 2001.