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Portrait of Joseph Black 1728-1799

Description

Joseph Black (1728–1799), President of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (1759–1761 & 1765–1766). Half-length, facing right.
Joseph Black was the son of a Belfast wine merchant. At 16, he entered the University of Glasgow to study Arts, before switching to Medicine in 1744. There he studied under William Cullen, assisting him in his laboratory. After further study in Edinburgh, Black returned to Glasgow and became Professor of Medicine in 1757.

Black’s discoveries in chemistry helped shape our understanding of modern science. His discovery of latent heat paved the way for thermodynamics, supporting James Watt’s advances in steam power. He also discovered carbon dioxide, and illustrated that it was produced by animal respiration and microbial fermentation.

Black was President of the College from 1759 to 1761, and from 1765 to 1766.

Creator

Joshua Reynolds (1723–1792) (style of)

Date

18th-19th century

Identifier

103

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

75 x 62 cm

Materials

oil on canvas

Portrait of Joseph Black 1728-1799

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

75 x 62 cm

Materials

oil on canvas

Files

GLA_RCPG_PCF_16[1].jpg

Collection

Citation

Joshua Reynolds (1723–1792) (style of) , “Portrait of Joseph Black 1728-1799,” Heritage, accessed December 16, 2018, https://heritage.rcpsg.ac.uk/items/show/500.