• 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.
Home Physicians Hall, George Street, Edinburg Physician’s Hall, Queen Street, Edinburgh William Woodville James Johnstone