Vivisection, operating on or dissecting live animals has long been a part of physiology and drug testing. The animals were normally anaesthetised before experiments, so that they would not feel pain. The physiologist in this print is shown holding a bottle of liquid, which could be an anaesthetic, before experimenting on the dog. The dog looks up at the man with almost pleading eyes and the scene has an element of sentimentality that is typical of popular prints of the late Victorian period. Clearly, the physiologist had already conducted some experiments as a dead bird can be seen in the left hand corner. The artist of the picture was the American John McLure Hamilton (1853-1936).
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Pictorial works produced by transferring images by means of a matrix such as a plate, block, or screen, using any of various printing processes. When emphasizing the individual printed image, use "impressions." Avoid the controversial expression "original prints," except in reference to discussions of the expression's use. If prints are neither "reproductive prints" nor "popular prints," use just "prints."
The dissection of a live animal for experimental research.