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Cowasjee, a man who had his nose reconstructed with the aid of plastic surgery. Stipple engraving by W. Nutter, 1795, after J. Wales.

  • Wales, James, 1746 or 1747-1795.
1 January 1795
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On 9 October 1794, an operation to replace the nose, at that point no longer practised in the West, was reported in the Gentleman's Magazine. Cowasjee, a Mahratta, who had served in the British army as a bullock driver, was captured by Tipu Sultan and mutilated by having his nose and one of his hands cut off. The nose was replaced from a flap of skin brought down from the forehead to cover the mutilated nose, an operation thought to have been practised for centuries in India


London (288 Holborn) : James Wales of Bombay at Mr. R. Cribbs, Carver & Gilder, 1 January 1795.

Physical description

1 print : stipple engraving ; platemark 36.4 x 24.8 cm


A singular operation. ... ; Painted by J. Wales, Bombay, and engraved from ye original picture by W. Nutter.

References note

Sadhu Mukundcharandas, Rishis, mystics and heroes of India, vol. 1, Amdavad 2005, p. 30 (reproduced)

Lettering note

Extensive lettering describing the sitter and his operation accompany the print


Wellcome Library no. 23414i


  • English

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