Art and Medicine Tours London

Knife Man Tour :in the footsteps of John Hunter

  • V0017905 John Hunter (1728-1793), surgeon and anatomist. Oil painting
Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images
John Hunter (1728-1793), surgeon and anatomist. Oil painting after Sir Joshua Reynolds.
By: Joshua ReynoldsPublished:  - 

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Follow Dr Barry Walsh in footsteps of the famous surgeon Dr John Hunter through the streets of the West End, Covent Garden and end in the remarkable Hunterian Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. The infatuation of a doctors wife for the sculptor of Eros begins our tour and ends mournfully in the Royal College of Surgeons. The Windmill School of anatomy in the 18th Century was where the Hunter brothers taught dissection on bodies provided by the Resurrection men. Chasing down the body of an Irish Giant for dissection and seeing where John Hunter’s house and museum stood in Leicester Square. In the Hunterian museum we will see the skeleton of the Irish Giant and also that of the tiny Sicilian fairy. Other displays show Hunter’s studies into the human body and made surgery a science.


Meet Dr Barry
Piccadilly Circus, Eros Exit
First stop (for any latecomers)
Great Windmill St near Windmill theatre
Ends at
Hunterian Museum Lincoln's In Fields 3 mins walk from Holborn underground station.

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  • Pew Foundation of America – Finding a qualified guide from across the pond for a full day’s tour of the River Thames and Greenwich was a daunting task, but we knew had found the perfect guide when Dr. Barry Walsh was recommended to us. After a conversation about our visit, Barry went above and beyond, researching our destinations and tailoring his background in medicine and his immense knowledge of the history of London to suit our group’s interests and ultimately offered us an exceptional, catered experience.  All guests were impressed with not only his breadth of knowledge but his conversational style that welcomed questions. Even crew members of our boat who had heard a hundred guided tours down the Thames before were impressed with his interesting and unique anecdotes, bringing both the history and architecture of London to life. In Greenwich, Barry could speak about every building, boat and piece of artwork to cross our paths, never missing an opportunity to enrich our visit. Overall, we could not recommend a better guide for your visit to London!

    Katy Saris
  • Barry is our “Renaissance Man”. He’s a Consultant Public Health Physician, an Art Historian and professionally qualified Blue Badge Guide.

    London Tour review David Tucker at London Walks
  • Thank you so much for the wonderful day. We were just sitting here talking about how much we learned. WOW!! Brian and I could have stayed all day. What an amazing place.  I will definitely pass your name along to my friends.
    Molly Haas