Erasmus Wilson, British anatomist and dermatologist, 1880.
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Chromolithograph by Vincent Brooks Day and Son Ltd of a caricature by Leslie Ward, better known as Spy, from 'Vanity Fair' magazine. Sir William James Erasmus Wilson (1809-1884) was an anatomist and expert in diseases of the skin. He founded and held the chair of dermatology at the Royal College of Physicians. The caption 'The Obelisk' refers to the fact that Wilson was instrumental in bringing the Egyptian obelisk known as 'Cleopatra's Needle' to England. He paid for the cost of transporting it himself, and the obelisk still stands on the Thames Embankment in London.