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John Freke portrait engraving doctor surgeon Barts

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John Freke


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Original antique medical print


John Freke (1688-1756) was an English surgeon. Together with Percival Pott he was instrumental in separating the profession of surgeon from that of barber. He became an assistant surgeon at St Bartholomew's Hospital (known as Barts) in 1726, and one year later was put in charge of the anatomical and surgical preparations. In 1727 the Governors of Barts had decided that there was a requirement for some surgeons to be specialists, and Freke was appointed to deal with diseases of the eye, becoming the first ophthalmic surgeon. He was a surgeon at Barts from 1729 to 1755 and was a Governor of the hospital from 1736 to 1756. 'John Freke Surgeon' annotated in ink below the image. Thin margins. Glued at top of engraving to a backing sheet.

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artist George Vertue (1683-1756) after J Riley
method Copper-line engraving
date 1718
size 240mm by 150mm
SKU MD6234