A ghostly skeleton trying to strangle a sick child; representing diphtheria. Watercolour by R. Cooper.
- Cooper, Richard Tennant, 1885-1957.
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1 painting : watercolour, with gouache and pencil
Robert E. Greenspan, Medicine: perspectives in history and art, Alexandria, Va.: Ponteverde Press, 2006, p. 319 (reproduced)
Copyright was assigned by the artist to the Wellcome organization
Wellcome Library no. 24006i
One of several paintings commissioned by Henry S. Wellcome around 1912 from Richard Cooper, who was then working in Paris. Cooper was educated at Tonbridge and then trained as an artist in Paris before the First World War. In 1914 he joined the British Army and in 1916 was transferred to the Royal Engineers. His obituary in The times says that he worked on camouflage with Solomon J. Solomon RA as well as acting as official war artist for The graphic. After the war he enjoyed a flourishing career as a graphic artist designing posters: he is particularly well known for his advertisements for the London Underground