A woman, previously designated as Elizabeth Garrett Anderson or Isabel Thorne. Oil painting.
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Bears printed label on back of stretcher identifying the subject as Elizabeth Garrett Anderson ("Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Lic.. Soc.. Apoth.. Lond.."): probably erroneous, but possibly correct in asserting some connection of the portrait with Anderson. It has been suggested that the sitter resembles two other women doctors:. One is Isabel Thorne at a later age (photograph in Edythe Lutzker, Women gain a place in medicine, 1969, p. 62). Isabel Jane Thorne (1833/4-1910) was one of the "Edinburgh Seven", a group of women who attempted to gain professional qualifications in medicine from the University of Edinburgh, led by Sophia Jex-Blake (1840-1912). The other is Mary Murdoch of Hull: see Hope Malleson, A woman doctor: Mary Murdoch of Hull, London: Sidgwick & Jackson 1919. However the present sitter cannot be identified positively with either Thorne or Murdoch
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