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Biographical entry Maclise, Joseph (c. 1815 - 1880?)

MRCS Oct 13th 1837; FRCS April 11th 1850; LSA 1839.

c. 1815
General surgeon


Second son among seven children of Alexander Maclise (or McLeisch, McLish, McLisse, McLise), a Scottish Highlander who was a private in the Elgin Fencibles; his regiment being stationed in Cork he set up as a tanner and shoemaker. On Dec 24th, 1797, he married Rebecca Buchanan, "daughter of Mrs Buchanan, Almshouse", for twenty-two years pew-opener in the Presbyterian Church, Princes Street, Cork. The eldest son, Daniel (1806-1870), became the historical painter (see Dict Nat Biog).

Joseph Maclise studied at University College, London, under Robert Liston and Samuel Cooper, to whom as well as to his fellow-students he dedicated his Surgical Anatomy. He continued his anatomical studies in. Paris at the École Pratique, L'Hôpital le Pitié, and Museums, then settled in practice at 14 Russell Place, Fitzroy Square. In the intervals of a busy general practice he found time to produce his fine anatomical publications which are strongly reminiscent of the style of his famous brother Daniel. Between 1861 and 1863 his address was the same as that of his brother - Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. Later he removed to 9 Great College Street, Westminster, and his name disappeared from the Medical Directory in 1880.

Article on the "Skeleton" in Todd and Bowman's Cyclopœdia of Anatomy and Physiology.
Comparative Osteology: being Morphological Studies to Demonstrate the Archetype Skeleton of Vertebrated Animals, 54 plates, 1847.
Surgical Anatomy, fol, 35 plates, London, 1851: 2nd ed, 52 plates, 1856; American edition, Philadelphia, 68 plates, 1859.
On Dislocations and Fractures, fol, 36 plates, 1859.
The Anatomy of the Arteries of the Human Body and its Application to Pathology and Operative Surgery, with a Series of Lithographic Drawings. The Drawings from Nature and on Stone, 8vo; Atlas, fol., 87 plates, London, 1844. The whole interest of this is the relation of Joseph's drawings to those of Daniel, as to how far the two brothers may be said to have viewed the human figure from the same point of view.

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