Item Number: 148303
Title: William Hunter and the Anatomy of the Modern Museum
Author: Campbell, Mungo
Record created on 03/13/18
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with Yale Centre for British Art, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 400pp., 275 illus. Exhibition held at The Hunterian, Glasgow.
Summary: William Hunter and the Anatomy of the Modern Museum accompanies a groundbreaking exhibition organised by the Hunterian at the University of Glasgow, in collaboration with the Yale Center for British Art, to celebrate the 2018 tercentenary of the Hunterian’s founder, Dr. William Hunter (1718–1783). This publication is the first in 150 years to assess the contribution made by Hunter, the Scottish-born obstetrician, anatomist, and collector, to the development of the modern museum as a public institution. Essays examine how Hunter gathered his collection to be used as a source of knowledge and instruction, encompassing outstanding paintings and works on paper, coins and medals, and anatomical and zoological specimens. Hunter also possessed ethnographic artifacts from Spain, the Middle East, China, and the South Pacific, and was an avid collector of medieval manuscripts and incunabula; these were all located within one of the most important “working” libraries of eighteenth-century London.
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