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Cirrhosis of liver in a 61-year old woman with obstructive jaundice, gastric ulcer and haematemesis: post-mortem section details showing bright green biliary cirrhosis. Watercolour by Barbara E. Nicholson, 1951.

  • Nicholson, Barbara E., active 1946-1957.
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Ashford, Middlesex, 1951.

Physical description

1 painting : watercolour, with gouache and black ink ; sheet 30.5 x 34.1 cm

Creator/production credits

Barbara E. Nicholson was a founder member of the Medical Artists Association, where she is recorded as serving on an exhibition committee in October 1949. By 1951, she had illustrated G.F. Gibberd, A short textbook of midwifery (2nd ed., London: J. & A. Churchill, 1941) and Philip Wiles, Essentials of orthopaedics (London: J. & A. Churchill, 1949). She also illustrated published books on flowers. The Medical Artists Association records last list her, in 1951, as resident at Berwick St John, Shaftesbury, Dorset. The collection of Barbara Nicholson's watercolours and pen and ink drawings were painted at Ashford Hospital, Ashford, Middlesex, at the request of the surgeon Norman Matheson between 1946 and 1951, and were presented to the Wellcome Institute Library in 1987 by Ashford Postgraduate Medical Centre.

Lettering note

Typed accompanying note with patient history explains how gastric ulcer was found to have bled, and just distal to cystic duct, the bile duct contained a large cone-shaped cholesterol-pigment stone. This is suggested as being responsible for liver changes
Bears number: 231/1951


Wellcome Library no. 34096i



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