Sir Erasmus Wilson, drawn by 'Spy', for
Wilson was a British surgeon, born in London, and best known as a specialist on skin diseases. He paid £10,000 to transport Cleopatra's Needle (c.1475 BCE) from Egypt to London.
President of the College of Surgeons and of the Biblical Archaeology Society, Wilson was also one of the first shareholders in the London Provincial Turkish Bath Company Ltd.
His book The Eastern, or Turkish bath: its history, revival in Britain and application to the purpose of health (1861) went into several editions and was widely quoted.