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ID number:  BIRRC-A0245
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art
Artist / Maker:  Unknown
Title / Object name:  Portrait of Robert Lawson Tait (1845-1899)
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  English, Late 19th century
Date made:  1880s
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  76.5 x 51 cm

Head and shoulders portrait of Robert Lawson Tait. Lawson Tait was born in Edinburgh in 1845, the son of a butler. Instead of pursuing a trade apprenticeship following his schooling, he began attending lectures at Edinburgh University. He attended the Extramural School rather than pursuing a medical degree and in 1870 became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He moved to Birmingham to establish his own practice and through close links with notable public figures such as Joseph Chamberlain, was involved in the establishment of the Birmingham and Midland Hospital for Women. He was a founding member of the Birmingham Medical Society and a pioneer in the field of gynaecology.

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