Checks in wood in various places; evidence of insect holes; tail broken from body of tiger at base; ends of three fingers and thumb missing from right hand of man; paint, ground, and small wood losses present throughout; surface dirt and grime on top of paint and gilding; recommend storing under mylar dust cover; wear white cotton gloves to handle.
See Academy "Bulletin," Vol. 8, No. 3, Dec. 1934; James Hsu, curator, Far Eastern Dept. ROM, April 1985; CD #UHN
Stauette represents Chang T'ien-Shih, the founder of religious Taoism; he is accompanied by his attendants, a tiger and a dragon; he performs exorcism with his sword.
Printed on paper covering: "DR. ROSS' // Kidney and Liver Pills // For Headache // Biliousness, Constipation, Bad Blood, Indigestion, Rheumatism"; "Price 25¢"; "The Proprietary or Patent Medicine Act."
Mr. Gary and Mrs. Elizabeth Anne Williams Collection
Handwritten rectangular medical textbook on varying subjects; textbook has upwards of 500 pages although not all pages are numbered; writing is present on both sides of the pages and there are hand drawings interspersed throughout; textbook is made up of cream coloured and yellowed pages written on…
Handwritten rectangular medical textbook on varying subjects; textbook has upwards of 500 pages although not all pages are numbered; writing is present on both sides of the pages and there are hand drawings interspersed throughout; textbook is made up of cream coloured and yellowed pages written on in black ink; the front cover and spine are missing while the back cover made of brown cardboard and covered with yellow paper is still attached; signatures are bound to the spine with thin pieces of string; there is a larger piece of string with one end between pages 298 and 299 and the other end between pages 364 and 365
Number Of Parts
Found by donors in 1996 in the attic of their cottage in Colebrook; cottage was built in 1853 and had been in donor's family since the 1800s.
Watermarks on pages show paper was made on or after 1810
paper: cream, yellow
cardboard: brown, yellow
Storage Room 2005
Unit Of Measure
Length 33.0 cm x Width 21.5 cm x Depth 5.7 cm
Queen's Masters Art Conservation: conserved by students: refer to further notes
Front cover and pages missing. Front page is ripped and top half missing. Top pages have insect holes. Edges of the book have discolored. Some pages within the book and the book spine are detached. Ink is faded while back cover is discolored, stained and flaking
Front cover and an unknown number of pages of the book are missing; front page is ripped and the top half of the page is missing; top pages have pre-exisitng insect holes in them; edges of the book have discoloured to a dark brown; some pages within the book have detached; spine has detached completely but has left some remnants behind; the top pages have faded, turning the ink from black to brown; back cover shows significant signs of discolouration, flaking and wear; back cover has dark and light brown stains all over and has begun to sink in the centre
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Monotone reproduction print of a painting affixed to heavy paper; depicts a group of seven surgeons looking on as physician Nicolaes Tulp leads an anatomy lesson on a cadaver; text on front in Dutch and French; appears to be removed from frame; embossed line around perimeter of print with wide plai…
Monotone reproduction print of a painting affixed to heavy paper; depicts a group of seven surgeons looking on as physician Nicolaes Tulp leads an anatomy lesson on a cadaver; text on front in Dutch and French; appears to be removed from frame; embossed line around perimeter of print with wide plain border; paper still flexible.
"Rembrandt van Ryn pinoc 1632 // T de Frey f: aquforti 1798 // DEMONSTRATION ANATOMIQUE, // faite par le celebre Medicine Nicolas Tulp. // Profesfeur d'anatomic a Amsterdam, l'An 1683 // le tableau original se trouve au Theatre // anatomique d'Amsterdam."; repeated in Dutch
Storage Room 2005
2005-1-3 Box D
Unit Of Measure
Heavily foxed and yellowed paper; missing minor piece on bottom edge and 1.5 cm tear at upper left edge
Zygmont, Bryon. “Rembrant, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp.” Khan Academy. Accessed February 23, 2017. https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/monarchy-enlightenment/baroque-art1/holland/a/rembrandt-the-anatomy-lesson-of-dr-tulp
The original portrait, painted by Dutch Baroque Rembrandt van Rijn in 1632, depicts a group of seven surgeons looking on as physician Nicolaes Tulp leads an anatomy lesson. It was commissioned to hang in the board room of the Guild of Surgeons, a group that Tulp had become a reader of three years before. Tulp is shown as the only man wearing a hat, showing his elevated position over his pupil, as he demonstrates how arm muscles are attached to the body using forceps. He was known to give theory lessons twice a week in Amsterdam with one public autopsy a year being conducted. The painting shows the 1632 autopsy that used the body of a criminal, an executed thief named Adriaen het Kint as their cadaver. The surgeon in the centre towards the back holds a sheet of paper that lists the names of all the men in participating in the lesson, many of whom would have paid for the honor of being included in the composition.
Though it was one of Rembrandt’s earlier works, The Anatomy Lesson remains one of his most well-known paintings; the skill is evident in the expressive, recognizable faces of the surgeons and the dynamic contrast between light and dark. Rembrandt does, however, some artistic liberties, particularly as the surgeon would have begun with opening the chest cavity in an autopsy as opposed to beginning with an arm.
This was also one of the first painting that Rembrandt signed with his forename as opposed to RHL which he had used on previous ones, likely showing his increasing confidence in his artistic abilities.