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[Perspectives] Travelling light: 10 000 issues of

After its founding in 1823, The Lancet has hopscotched across London, spent a brief period of rustication in Aylesbury during World War 2, and opened up new branches in New York and Beijing. It has travelled light. The main office, now high in a bright modern building at London Wall in the City of London, boasts only a handful of mementoes. There is a bust of the journal’s founding editor Thomas Wakley which makes him look more like an ancient Roman patriarch than a 19th-century radical, and an unfinished painting, reputedly by Edwin Landseer, which is probably a more accurate portrayal (one imagines Wakley, struck by yet another bright idea or worthy cause, dashing out of the sitting and into his specially converted office-carriage, leaving the fuming portraitist to abandon his work).

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