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Richard Quain, 1816-1898

Nationality: Irish
Date of Birth: 1816.10.30
Place of Birth: Mallow, County Cork
Date of Death: 1898.03.13
Place of Death: Harley Street, London


Sir Richard Quain was a physician.


Quain studied medicine at University College, London, graduating with a distinction in 1840. He worked at Brompton Hospital, the Seamen's Hospital at Greenwich and the Royal Hospital for Consumption at Ventnor, Isle of Wight, before building up a large, fashionable practice in London and becoming physician to Queen Victoria. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1871 and was created a baronet in 1891. He edited A Dictionary of Medicine (1882).

Quain had many friends in the artistic world and was painted by Daniel Maclise in 1866 and John Everett Millais in 1896. He was also friends with Edwin Landseer, Charles Dickens and Thomas Carlyle. He was a member of the Burlington Fine Arts Club in 1867 when JW was expelled following a quarrell with his brother-in-law Francis Seymour Haden (#12959).


Medical Register, London; Boylan, Henry (ed.), A Dictionary of Irish Biography, Dublin, 1998.