'Vivisection', print, London, England, 1883

Made:
1883 in London
maker:
Tomkins, C. J.

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Mezzotint, `Vivisection', by C J Tomkins after J McLure Hamilton, issued by Henry Graves 23 June 1883

Vivisection, operating on or dissecting live animals has long been a part of physiology and drug testing. The animals were normally anaesthetised before experiments, so that they would not feel pain. The physiologist in this print is shown holding a bottle of liquid, which could be an anaesthetic, before experimenting on the dog. The dog looks up at the man with almost pleading eyes and the scene has an element of sentimentality that is typical of popular prints of the late Victorian period. Clearly, the physiologist had already conducted some experiments as a dead bird can be seen in the left hand corner. The artist of the picture was the American John McLure Hamilton (1853-1936).

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Category:
Art
Object Number:
1993-285
type:
print
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Grosvenor Prints
status:
Permanent collection

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