The early modern period, and in particular the Eighteenth Century, was a time
of significant architectural accomplishment. The city of Edinburgh is an especially
illustrative example of this with the building of New Town. Streets were becoming
wider and more uniform, and buildings and interiors were becoming more refined
for specific purposes. In this context, it is not surprising that hospitals
and medical institutions were interested in developing new purpose-built structures.
This period also saw a move from medical practitioners wishing
to represent themselves in relation to individual patrons toward
a trend of publicising their links to particular hospitals and
institutions. For this reason many of the prints in this collection
incorporate images of buildings into the portraits in some way.