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Above, a brown snake bound in red chains, in darkness; below, a snake chained to a ball, representing a patient, with three small snakes representing hospital staff. Watercolour by D. Marsden, 1952.

Marsden, D., active approximately 1951-1953.
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Physical description

1 painting : watercolour ; sheet 45.2 x 55.6 cm


Marsden D. 16.5.52. Marsden D. 16/5/52


This work is untitled; the title has been supplied by the cataloguer for identification purposes.


Adamson Collection/Wellcome Library no. 3001104i

Lettering note

Bears number: 53
One of the snakes is inscribed "A patient", and two of them are inscribed "Staff". The name of the artist and the date are inscribed twice on the verso, once in ink on a label and once, in pencil in Edward Adamson's hand, on the sheet itself (with the day of the month changed from 15 to 16)

Creator/production credits

Executed by D. Marsden at Netherne Hospital in Surrey, with support from Edward Adamson


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