This is a commission I did this fall for a woman who is a descendant of the guy with the lantern--Will Eustis--who, before he was governor of Massachusetts, was a Harvard student interested in medicine. He, along with his classmate (the fellow on the right), were a part of a secret club called the Spunkers who "acquired" bodies for dissection.
It wasn't exactly legal to cut up a body without the owner's (or family's) consent, so the Spunkers had to go out at night and make things happen on their own. They learned anatomy and surgery this way.
The guy with the shovel is John Warren [link]
future founder of Harvard Medical school. And the youngest brother of famous patriot-martyr Joseph Warren. [link]
Both Will and John apprenticed under Joseph Warren in Boston after they graduated Harvard.
This was possibly the most fun I've ever had doing a commission! I've wanted to do a Spunkers Club story for Halloween but as of yet, have not had the time. So this was a nice excuse to at draw the Spunkers in action!
Dr. John Warren is an upcoming character in my Revolutionary War comic The Dreamer: [link]