María Dolores Sánchez-Jáuregui
María Dolores Sánchez-Jáuregui is William Hunter Tercentenary Curator at The Hunterian, University of Glasgow.
Sánchez-Jáuregui, María Dolores
Sánchez-Jáuregui, María Dolores
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Description: William Hunter and the Anatomy of the Modern Museum
This essay explores the nature of William Hunter’s museum and seeks to identify the underlying concepts that connect together the diverse elements of his extensive collections. Recovering these is no easy task, since the museum encompasses academic disciplines that are now considered separate, as well as a multiplicity of artefacts and objects with distinct histories. Despite this apparent...
PublisherYale Center for British Art
Related print edition pages: pp.159-175
Description: William Hunter and the Anatomy of the Modern Museum
William Hunter and the Anatomy of the Modern Museum accompanies a groundbreaking exhibition organized by the Hunterian at the University of Glasgow, in collaboration with the Yale Center for British Art, to celebrate the 2018 tercentenary of The Hunterian’s founder, Dr. William Hunter (1718–1783). This publication is the first in 150 years to assess the contribution made by Hunter, the Scottish-born obstetrician, anatomist, and collector, to the development of the modern museum as a public institution.

Essays examine how Hunter gathered his collection to be used as a source of knowledge and instruction, encompassing outstanding paintings and works on paper, coins and medals, and anatomical and zoological specimens. Hunter also possessed ethnographic artifacts from Spain, the Middle East, China, and the South Pacific, and was an avid collector of medieval manuscripts and incunabula; these were all located within one of the most important “working” libraries of eighteenth-century London.

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Print publication date November 2018 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780300236651
EISBN 9780300260762
Illustrations 389
Print Status in print