Find thousands of books, manuscripts, visual materials and unpublished archives from our collections, many of them with free online access.

Patrick Manson experimenting with filaria sanguinis-hominis in Amoy (Xiamen), China. Oil painting by E. Board, ca. 1912.

  • Board, Ernest, 1877-1934.
  • Pictures

Selected images from this work

About this work


In 1876-1877 Manson persuaded his gardener, who was infected with filariae, to allow himself to be fed on by the mosquito culex fatigans. By dissecting the mosquitos, Manson discovered in them the embryo worm called filaria sanguinis hominis, and thus proved for the first time the involvement of an arthropod (the mosquito) in the life-cycle of a parasite



Physical description

1 painting : oil on canvas ; canvas 60.3 x 91 cm

Creator/production credits

Commissioned by Henry S. Wellcome for the Wellcome Gallery of Portraits, 1912

References note

Douglas M. Haynes, Imperial medicine: Patrick Manson and the conquest of tropical disease, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001


Wellcome Library no. 2087i

Exhibitions note

Exhibited in the Reading Room at Wellcome Collection, 26 March - 4 November 2018

Where to find it

Permanent link