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Title Portrait of Alexander Tweedie
Collection Royal College of Physicians of London
Artist Belli, Enrico (Italian(?) artist, active late 19th century)
Date Earliest probably about 1870
Date Latest 1884
Signed yes
Description Alexander Tweedie (1794-1884), born and educated in Edinburgh, moved to London where he became a physician for thirty-eight years at the Fever Hospital. Noticing that physicians had written medical dictionaries in French and German, he planned and edited in English The Cyclopoedia of Practical Medicine, comprising treatises on the Nature and Treatment of Diseases, Materia, Medica and Therapeutics, Medical Jurisprudence, etc. He also published in 1840 The Library of Medicine. Belli was an Italian artist who specialised in portraiture. He showed in London at both the Royal Academy and the Suffolk Street Gallery between 1862-1884. It is during this time that he is likely to have painted this portrait.
Current Accession Number X44
Inscription front ll 'E. BELLI.'
Subject portrait (Tweedie, Alexander)
Measurements 91 x 70.5 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Mrs Tweedie 1884.
Provenance In the collection of Alexander Tweedie, about 1870 (?); by descent to his widow, Mrs Tweedie, 1884.
Publications Annals of the Royal College of Physicians of London, 29 May 1884, p. 27 & 30 July 1884, p. 60; A List of Portraits, & c. in the Royal College of Physicians of London, 1900, p. 7 as by G. Belli, Given by Mr A. Tweedie; A Descriptive Catalogue of the Portraits, Busts, Silver and other Objects of Interest in the Royal College of Physicians of London, London, 1926, p. 44, as given by Mr A. Tweedie; Wolstenholme, G. (ed.), Portraits, London, 1964, p. 410, ill p. 411.
Rights Owner Royal College of Physicians of London
Author Dr Madeleine Korn

 

 

 

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