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Portrait of James Morton MD 1820-1889, President 1886-89

Description

Seated three-quarter length holding a book.

Morton was from a family with little money so had to find the money himself to pay for his medical education. He initially studied medicine at Anderson's University and became a Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1844. He went o to earn an MD from the University of St Andrews in 1845, after which he moved to Glasgow. In 1851 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and was Professor of Materia Medica at Anderson's University until 1888.

He worked as a surgeon at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary at the same time as Joseph Lister, but was not a supporter of Lister's work into antisepsis. He wasn't totally against the idea of antisepsis, but instead refused to believe that carbolic acid was the best solution to use as an antiseptic.

Date

1886

Identifier

133

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

114 x 88 cm

Materials

Oil on canvas

Portrait of James Morton MD 1820-1889, President 1886-89

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

114 x 88 cm

Materials

Oil on canvas

Files

GLA_RCPG_PCF_71.jpg

Collection

Citation

Morton; Thomas Corsan (1859-1928); Artist, “Portrait of James Morton MD 1820-1889, President 1886-89,” Heritage, accessed January 26, 2022, https://heritage.rcpsg.ac.uk/items/show/378.