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A surgical operation. Oil painting by Reginald Brill, 1934-1935.

Brill, Reginald, 1902-1974.

About this work


Around the operating table are six figures in white surgical gowns: in the foreground, an anaesthetist holding a bottle; two male surgeons performing the operation; a woman who passes an instrument to one of the operators; and two other women. The two operators and two of the women wear masks. One of the men and one of the women wear pink gloves. Through the window behind are shown a parapet of the hospital building, and another building beyond One painting in a series about the human condition called The martyrdom of man. Another painting in the series is in Tate Britain, London


RB 1934/35



Physical description

1 painting : oil on canvas ; approximately 205 x 160 cm


On the reverse of the canvas is an unfinished painting in horizontal format of figures in a rowing boat with barrels of fruit (?)


Wellcome Library no. 11628i

Creator/production credits

Reginald Brill trained at the Slade School, University College London, and as a Rome scholar at the British School in Rome. From about 1938 to about 1963 he was Principal of Kingston School of Art, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey



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