The English Physician William Withering
  • The English Physician William Withering

    TitleThe English Physician William Withering
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 125 x 101 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 144 x 118 x 8 cm
  • DatingSigned 1792
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Carl Fredric von Breda, Swedish, born 1759-08-16, dead 1818-12-01
  • Depicted PersonWilliam Withering, British, born 1741-03-17, dead 1799-10-06
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Classificationpainting
  • Inventory No.NM 2339
  • AcquisitionPurchase 1921
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1602 18th century
  • Description
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    Wlliam Withering was a British doctor, botanist and mineralogist. He was the first person to describe in scientific terms how the digitalis plant could be used to treat heart disease. He also discovered a mineral, barium carbonate, which was named witherite after him. The artist Carl Fredrik von Breda worked in London in the 1790s. Among his commissions was to paint portraits of members of the Lunar Society, of which Withering was a member.