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William Harvey’s pestle and mortar

Date made: 1625

Maker / artist: Michael Burgehuys

Material: bronze

Period: Stuart

Accession number: F0295

William Harvey was a famous doctor and scientist who discovered the circulation of the blood. He was born in Folkestone in 1578. This is the bronze pestle and mortar he used to grind up ingredients for his medicines. It was made by Michael Burgehuys in 1625. Inscription: MICHAEL BURGERHUYS ME FECIT 1625 SOLI DEO GRATIA. Patients included King James I for whom he was Physician Extraordinary.

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