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68 paintings depicting various sections of (mostly) horse limbs and organs, showing disease and damage. The artworks are mostly watercolours, and those that are dated or signed range from 1820-1848.

Twenty-one of the paintings are signed by W Field (as well as the artist’s name) and it is assumed these were given to the RCVS by ex-President William Field, in a large presentation to Library and Museum in 1877. The reason these paintings were made, and why Field collected them, is unknown. Amongst Field’s collection, the paintings are signed by A A Cane, Joseph Perry and G Kirtland.

Twenty seven other artworks are by William Henry Kearney (1800-1858). The remaining 20 artworks are unsigned and undated, and do not seem to be related to the other two collections.

2 – Letters written in support of Memorial to Governors of the Royal Veterinary College, 1840

Volume of letters written to Thomas Mayer and Thomas Walton Mayer from veterinary surgeons giving permission for their names to be attached to the Memorial to the Governors of the Royal Veterinary College in London.

1 – “The Brain and Nervous System. Their Accidents and their diseases.”

Artworks include: Megrims, out for a pleasant drive’; Phrenitis’; Sleepy Staggers’; Mad Staggers’; Head of a Horse with Hydrophobia’ and ‘The Last Stage of Hydrophobia’; Showing how far an animal with the disease [tetanus] is capable of motion’; …

2 – “The Eyes.- Their Accidents and Their Diseases”

Artworks include: Shyers’; Simple Opthalmia’; Simple Opthalmia – an eye showing the lasting marks of the lash’; Specific Opthalmia’; Specific Opthalmia- ‘the upper lid inverted in Specific Opthalmia’; …

3 – “The Mouth.- Its Accidents and its Diseases”

Artworks include: ‘The chief art in riding is to…’; ‘Excoriated angles of the mouth’; ‘The Angle of the Mouth…’; ‘A Parrot Mouth’; ‘Burning for Lampas’; ‘Mouth injured by rider pulling…’; ‘Mouth injured by the bit’.

4 – “The Nostrils.- Their Accidents and Their Diseases.”

This series contains original watercolours that were used to create woodcut engravings for publication in the chapter ‘The Mouth.- I’s Accidents and its Diseases’ of the 1860 Mayhew publication ‘The Illustrated Horse Doctor’…

5 – “The Throat.- Its Accidents and its Diseases”

Artworks include: ‘Bearing Rein and No Bearing Rein’; ‘A Horse having a sore throat drinking the water returning it by the nostril’; ‘Cough’; ‘An Eight Tailed Bandage’; ‘A contrast displaying the alteration in the position of the head induced by the bearing rein’;…

6 – “The Chest and its Contents.- Their Accidents and their Diseases”

Artwork including: “A steaming apparatus for diseases of the lungs”; “A Horse Dressed for Bronchitis”; “The Cough of Confirmed Bronchitis”; “Pneumonia. A Pleasant Sight”; “The Result of Pneumonia”; “Dropsy of the Chest or Hydro-Thorax”;…

7 – “The Stomach, Liver etc.- Their Accidents and their Diseases”

Artworks include: “Spasm of the Diaphram – The young man and the old Horse”; “Acute Gastritis”; “Chronic Gastritis”

8 – “The Abdomen.- Its Accidents and its Diseases”

Artworks include: “Worms”; “Test for Enteritis”; “A quart syring for injecting the veins in Enteritis”; “Applying an Ammoniacal blister”; “Acute Dysentary”; “Acites”; “Influenza”; “Walking a Horse out after active measures during an attack of influenza”…

9 – “The Urinary Organs.- Their Accidents and their Diseases”

Artworks include: “General symptom of disease of the urinary organs”; “Nephritis – Test for Inflammation of the Kidneys”; “Test for inflammation of the bladder “; “Haematuria “.