Padded wooden chair, United Kingdom, 1770-1823

Made:
1770-1823 in United Kingdom
maker:
Unknown

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Padded wooden chair in which Dr. Edward Jenner died, British, 1770-1823

Overcome by illness and the effects of a stroke Dr Edward Jenner (1749-1823) died in this padded wooden chair in 1823. Jenner was an English country doctor. He introduced vaccination to protect people from smallpox. The results of his study into vaccination were published in 1798. His apparent discovery met much opposition and even ridicule. However, smallpox vaccination was made compulsory in 1853 in England and Wales. This occurred 30 years after Jenner’s death. The law was abolished in 1909 after much campaigning by anti-vaccination leagues.

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
A683009
Materials:
velvet and wood
type:
chair
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • furniture
  • seating furniture