Groin scar caused by past cancer in a male patient: detail sketch showing marks caused by lymphogranuloma linguale. Watercolour by Barbara E. Nicholson, 1952.

  • Nicholson, Barbara
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Barbara Nicholson medical illustration collection.
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About this work


Ashford, Middlesex, 1952.

Physical description

1 painting : watercolour, with gouache ; sheet 13.9 x 13 cm

Biographical note

Barbara Evelyn Nicholson (1906 – 1978) trained at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1923. She began her artistic career as a medical illustrator and 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). The Medical Artists Association records last list her, in 1951. In the 1950s her focus moved to botanical subjects and from the late 1950s – 1970s she was a prolific botanical illustrator.


<...>, 8.2.52 Lettering inscribed in black ink Bears number: 271/1952


Wellcome Collection 34433i

Creator/production credits

The watercolours and pen and ink drawings held by Wellcome Collection were painted by Barbara Nicholson at Ashford Hospital, Ashford, Middlesex, between 1946 and 1951, at the request of the surgeon Norman Matheson.

Ownership note

Presented to the Wellcome Institute Library in 1987 by Ashford Postgraduate Medical Centre, as part of a collection of medical illustrations by Barbara E. Nicholson.



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