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Paralysis of left side of tongue in 44-year old woman with brain cancer and diplopia: detail study. Pencil drawing by Barbara E. Nicholson, 1949.

  • Nicholson, Barbara E., active 1946-1957.
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About this work


This study is one of a series to show the progression of a malignant brain tumour from admission in the earliest possible stage, to post-mortem specimen sections; to demonstrate dissemination from cancer


Ashford, Middlesex, 1949.

Physical description

1 drawing : pencil ; sheet 27 x 21 cm


Drawings from patient, 25.5.49

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 in pencil on mount, typed accompanying note with patient history includes details of fourth and sixth cranial nerve paralysis by cancerous tumour of skull, with palsy of left side of palate and left hypoglossal nerve
Bears number: 152/1949


Wellcome Library no. 33199i



  • English

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