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  • Close examination is recommended


    Occasionally things like this happen. Christie’s South Kensington are having a sale on 30 June 2010 of Victorian and British Impressionist art (mostly paintings and drawings). Lot 159 (see image on left from the sale catalogue) is a small oil… Continue reading

  • Wellcome Library gets a Healthcheck


    The most recent web edition of the BBC’s Healthcheck series aired last week, discussing Professor Gareth Williams’s new book The Angel of Death, on the history and eradication of Smallpox. The feature is illustrated by an oil painting from our… Continue reading

  • Remembering The Middlesex Hospital


    The façade of The Middlesex Hospital, Mortimer Street, London, now demolished. The Wellcome Library receives a steady stream of former members of staff of The Middlesex Hospital renewing their acquaintance with the four well-remembered paintings Acts of Mercy by Frederick… Continue reading

  • Richard Dadd in France – and in New York


    “Sketch of the murder of Henry the Sixth in the Tower by Richard Duke of Gloucester, afterwards King Richard the Third … by Richard Dadd, Bethlem Hospital, 1853.” Wellcome Library no. 570213i On 28 August 1843 the painter Richard Dadd,… Continue reading

  • Behold the man: a painting in Perth


    Christ displaying his wounds. Oil painting on canvas 132.1 x 99 cm. Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland.   This painting of Christ showing to the viewer the wound in his side has belonged to the town of Perth, Scotland,… Continue reading

  • Free at last! Wellcome Library Items of the month, January 2010


    “Wine of the Incas. … Coca of Peru. For convalescents.” Lithograph after A.M. Mucha. Wellcome Library no. 658317i. As fireworks, church-bells and champagne corks sounded the passage of 2009 into 2010, library users were receiving a benefit that was in… Continue reading

  • Parish notices


                                    Wellcome Library no. 669602i This painting of a parish council meeting is a remarkable document, and perhaps not as well known as it deserves to be (click on the image to see the picture in all its amazing detail).… Continue reading

  • Jesty in Dorchester: Return of the native


    Detail of painting of Benjamin Jesty by Michael William Sharp, 1805. Wellcome Library no. 654136i   In 2006 the Wellcome Library repatriated from South Africa the portrait of Benjamin Jesty, a farmer who practised vaccination in Dorset in 1774, twenty-two… Continue reading

  • The Exhibition of Living Patients, 1881


    A man with Lupus erythematosus. Watercolour by Mabel Green, 1902. Wellcome Library no. 672807i The International Medical Congress which took place in London in 1881 was the seventh in the series, sandwiched between the sixth congress in Amsterdam and the… Continue reading

  • Wellcome Library Insight – Conservation in Action


    This week’s free Wellcome Library Insight session, ‘Conservation in Action‘ – on Thursday 15th October, 3pm – offers an opportunity to visit the Library’s Conservation studios. There, you’ll have a chance to meet our Conservation team, see the material they’re… Continue reading