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BEATTIE M. D.
A Brief History of his Life and Work.
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William Beattie M.D.
William Beattie was a 19th century doctor who commissioned the publication of many books of a topographical nature. He was very well travelled and employed illustrators of a very high calibre. For example: William Henry Bartlett, Thomas Allom and James Duffield Harding. He was a graduate of the University if Edinburgh; He was also a member of the Royal College of Physicians London and the History Institute of France.
His work was relevant to a time when people were only minimally aware of the world and world travel was becoming more commonplace. Therefore it was extremely fashionable to have books of a topographical nature, which showed the places of the world that the inartistic traveller was unable to bring back to show to friends. These books also served as an advert for places to travel to, giving people a much broader idea of where they were going. The relevant text was usually comprehensive and explained the culture of the peoples of the world to some extent. All of this made the places depicted all the more intriguing to the 19th century traveller.
Some examples of Publications by Beattie
The Waldenses or Protestant Valleys of Piedmont, Dauphiny and the Ban de la Roche. - 1838.
The Danube: It's History, Scenery, and Topography. Splendidly Illustrated from Sketches taken on the spot, by Abresch and drawn by W. H. Bartlett, Esq. - 1840.
SCOTLAND ILLUSTRATED - c.1840.
SWITZERLAND ILLUSTRATED - c.1840
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