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Sir (William James) Erasmus Wilson (1809–1884) by Alexander Scott, pubd 1873 (after Stephen Pearce, exh. RA 1872) © National Portrait Gallery, London


Wilson, Sir (William James) Erasmus (1809–1884), dermatologist and philanthropist, generally known as Erasmus Wilson, was born on 25 November 1809 in the house of his Norwegian maternal grandfather, Erasmus Brandsdorph, in High Street, Marylebone, Middlesex. His father, William Wilson, a Royal Navy surgeon, was born in ...