An artistic reinterpretation of William Hunter

University of Glasgow Library

Special collections are traditionally used for University teaching and research, but in reality our clientele is a diverse lot. In recent years in particular, our books, manuscripts and archives have provided inspiration for a variety of creative endeavours. We have participated in events such as Culture Hack, and hosted seminars and classes that use ‘primary resources’ to spark off ideas for writing and poetry. Examining works from the past also proves to be fruitful for contemporary artists.

In the past few weeks, we have welcomed the visual artist and researcher Dr Jac Saorsa for a number of visits to explore the red chalk drawings created by the Netherlandish artist Jan van Rymsdyk (fl. 1740-1788) for William Hunter’s groundbreaking obstetrical atlas The Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus. Jac is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Medical Humanities Research Centre here at the University of Glasgow, working on a project…

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