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Burdett, Peel, O'Connell and Wellington. Wellcome Images No.L0049028.

Burdett, Peel, O’Connell and Wellington. Wellcome Images No.L0049028.


At this new Wellcome Library event, attendees will be introduced to items from our collections, interpreted by acknowledged experts.

On the 27th April (2.30pm-4pm), our speakers will select a number of works from the Wellcome Library’s collections on the theme of Medicine and Caricature, and unpick the meanings and details contained within these artworks. The session will also include a discussion of the selected items with attendees.

The event will be of particular interest to those with a strong research interest in the History of Art, History of Medicine or Visual Culture.


Prof Ludmilla Jordanova, Professor of Modern History, Kings College London

William Schupbach, Iconographic Collections Librarian, Wellcome Library

The session is free, but pre-registration is essential and numbers are limited to 15. Please email Tracy Tillotson ( to book a place.

Image: Burdett, Peel, O’Connell and Wellington in the roles of the body-snatchers Burke and Hare, suffocating John Bull with a rope; representing the extinguishing by Wellington and Peel of the constitution of 1688 by Catholic Emancipation. Coloured etching by A. Sharpshooter, 1829 (Wellcome Library no. 663317i).

Ross Macfarlane

Ross Macfarlane is the Research Engagement Officer at the Wellcome Library.

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