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William Heberden (1710–1801) was a physician whose noteworthy papers concerned rheumatism, measles, chickenpox, and the hazards involved in drinking London pump-water. His last patient before his retirement was George III, whom he advised on his mental derangement. Heberden was deeply religious and had an unaffected manner. He was described by his contemporaries as ‘a tall, thin spare man’ with ‘a most clear and healthy countenance’.
oil on canvas
H 74.9 x W 62.9 cm
gift from Dr William Heberden, 1825