The Natural History of Man and the Politics of Medical Portraiture in Manchester

Sarafianos, Aris
March 2006
Art Bulletin;Mar2006, Vol. 88 Issue 1, p102
Academic Journal
The article examines the politics of medical portraiture in Manchester, England in the eighteenth century. The portrait of Manchester Royal Infirmary member Charles White by William Tate was designed to consolidate the social and professional authority of White. The role of visual forces in the formation of scientific knowledge can be attributed to the enhancement of the vision-driven metaphoric process. It cites the significance of Joseph Allen's portrait to the identity of White.


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