William Heberden (1710–1801) was a physician whose noteworthy papers concerned rheumatism, measles, chickenpox, and the hazards involved in drinking London pump-water. His last patient before his retirement was George III, whom he advised on his mental derangement. Heberden was deeply religious and had an unaffected manner. He was described by his contemporaries as ‘a tall, thin spare man’ with ‘a most clear and healthy countenance’.
Sir William Beechey was an English portrait painter who was favoured by the monarchy for his straightforward style.
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.