Sir Samuel Wilks (1824–1911), MD, LLP, FRS

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Sir Samuel Wilks was born in London and studied medicine at Guy’s Hospital 1842–1848. After graduating he worked as physician to the Surrey Infirmary. In 1856 he returned to Guy’s Hospital as assistant physician and curator of its museum. He was later physician and lecturer on medicine. He was examiner in medicine at the University of London and the Royal College of Surgeons. Wilks wrote and lectured widely on pathology, and held prestigious positions including fellow of the Royal Society, President of the Pathological Society and President of the Royal College of Physicians. In 1897 he was made baronet and physician-extraordinary to Queen Victoria.

There is a copy of this portrait, from 1910, in the collection of the Royal College of Physicians.

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Sir Samuel Wilks (1824–1911), MD, LLP, FRS




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H 126 x W 101 cm

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