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Mitral stenosis and aortic regurgitation in a 42-year old man with congested lungs: sections of mitral valve from below and above, showing calcification of the medial cusp. Watercolour by Barbara E. Nicholson, 1953.

  • Nicholson, Barbara E., active 1946-1957.
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Ashford, Middlesex, 1953.

Physical description

1 painting : watercolour, with gouache ; sheet 14.8 x 26.3 cm


Mitral valve from below, from above, wall of l ventricle, l atrium from above

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

Lettering inscribed in black ink as key, typed accopmanying note with patient history includes post-operative infectious pneumothorax followed by fatal heart failure. At autopsy, it was discovered that division of the mitral, attempted at valvotomy was unsuccessful, since the calcified chordae tendinae were not materially altered. This created the fish mouth effect shown in the right image. This mass of calcerous material around the septal chordae, in particular, had prevented adequate splitting of the commissure
Bears number: 331/1953


Wellcome Library no. 34621i



  • English

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