Henry Thompson

Via Flickr:A cheery looking fellow!

Original Vanity Fair Print, otherwise known as a Spy Print after the most renowned artist of the genre, Leslie Ward.

This colour lithograph is dated 1st August 1874 with the caption CREMATION

The subject is Sir Henry Thompson , a renowned of the Victorian Era.

The artist signed APE was Carlo Pellegrini

..see Wikepedia for the below information and much more.

He was born at Framlingham, Suffolk. His father wished him to enter business, but circumstances ultimately enabled him to follow his own desire of becoming a physician, and in 1848 he entered the Medical School of University College London. He obtained his degree at London University in 1851 with the highest honours in anatomy and surgery. In 1853 he was appointed assistant surgeon at University College Hospital, becoming full surgeon in 1863, professor of clinical surgery in 1866, and consulting surgeon in 1874. In 1884 he became professor of surgery and pathology in the Royal College of Surgeons. Specializing in the surgery of the genito-urinary tract, and in particular in that of the bladder, he went to Paris to study under Jean Civiale, who in the first quarter of the 19th century proved that it is possible to crush a stone within the human bladder and invented the first surgical instrument for this minimally invasive surgery. After his return he soon acquired a reputation.In 1863, when the King of Belgium was suffering from kidney stones, Thompson was called to Brussels to consult in the case, and after some difficulties was allowed to perform the operation of lithotripsy: this was quite successful, and in recognition of his skill Thompson was appointed surgeon-extraordinary to the King,[1] an appointment which was continued by Léopold II. Nearly ten years later Thompson carried out a similar operation on the former Emperor Napoléon III; however, the Emperor died four days after, not from the surgical procedure, as was proved by the post-mortem examination, but from uremia. In 1874 he helped in founding the Cremation Society of Great Britain, of which he was the first president; he also did much toward the removal of the legal restrictions on cremation. He denounced the current methods of death certification in Great Britain; and in 1892 a select committee was appointed to inquire into the matter; its report was published the following year, was generally in line with his thinking. Woking Crematorium finally became the first of its kind in the UK.

For this and many more Vanity Fair prints and other Victorian prints and portraits, please go to www.theakston-thomas.co.uk

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