UK( 1972 SG 931 & 932)
250th Birth Anniversary of Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792)
was an important English artist of the 18th century and was
the first artist to be given the
title Sir. At the age of 66, he experienced diminution of his left
eyesight. He recorded that "My
left eye begins to put itself dark". This could well be the first
sign of uveal melanoma. In less
than 2 months, he lost his vision completely. A year later, he
experienced a strong pains in the
blind eye causing him to sink into deep depression. Few
months before he died, he had hepatomegaly
and an increase in the size of the left eye that
extruded blood. His surgeon Mr.
Cruikshank treated him with leeches and cupping. At
autopsy there was only mentioned
of his liver that is said to be very diseased and enlarged.
The medical history suggests that
he might have succumbed to metastatic uveal melanoma.