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Scottish anatomist John Hunter and the suspended feet of the Irish giant Charles Byrne

The skeleton of Irish giant Charles Byrne (1761-1783) was snatched by agents of John Hunter (1728-1793) on its way to be buried at sea, against Byrne's expressed wishes before death. Engraving by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792). The feet of Irish giant Charles Byrne can be seen suspended in the upper right of the image. (Courtesy of the Wellcome Collection, London.)