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Calcified aortic stenosis in an 80-year old woman with diabetes and fatal pulmonary oedema: section of mitral valve and aorta showing (a) rigid calcified cusps and (b) gross narrowing of the coronary vessels due to calcification. Watercolour by Barbara E. Nicholson, 1954.

  • Nicholson, Barbara E., active 1946-1957.
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About this work


Ashford, Middlesex, 1954.

Physical description

1 painting : watercolour, with gouache ; sheet 12.1 x 11.7 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 states that post-mortem findings included gross cardiac enlargement
Bears number: 405/1954


Wellcome Library no. 35172i



  • English

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