Robert Willan (1757–1812) was an accomplished scholar, antiquary and a sound practical physician. He was the founder of English dermatology after he was the first in the country to clarify diseases of the skin in a clear and intelligible manner. Willan’s other medical works reflected another typically eighteenth-century concern: the effect of the environment upon health and disease.
This portrait is in the manner of the artist Lemuel Abbot and is often attributed to him.
Where to see this painting?
Royal College of Physicians, London
11 St Andrew's Place
Regent's Park, London, Greater London, England, NW1 4LE
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.
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