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Stenosis of mitral valve in a 42-year old woman with fatal salt loosing nephropathy: sections of heart to show valve from above and below, in advanced state of disease. Watercolour by Barbara E. Nicholson, 1952.

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


Ashford, Middlesex, 1952.

Physical description

1 painting : watercolour, with gouache ; sheet 15.3 x 25.3 cm


L auricle, wall of l ventricle, mitral valve from below, l atrium from above, mitral valve from above, post<-mortem>

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 inscribed in black ink as key, typed accompanying note with patient history discusses auricular fibrillation with lesions of central nervous system, which produced diplopia and bilateral pyramidal lesions
Bears number: 285/1952


Wellcome Library no. 34501i



  • English

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