Large teaching watercolor of breast neoplasms in the skin and muscles of the breast
After Jean Cruveilhier's Anatomie pathologique du corps humain, vol. 2, liv. 26, plate 3 Large teaching watercolor of breast cancer. Small, hard nodules grow on tan and pink skin, and down into the red and yellow muscles visible in the cut-away. Two larger pink and red tumors are also visible. Below is a close up of the tumors on red and yellow the muscles. Watercolor is framed in green sewn textile, with metal grommets in each of the four corners.
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Henry Jacob Bigelow employed artist Oscar Wallis exclusively from 1848 - 1854 to paint a series of large teaching watercolors to illustrate Bigelow's lectures at Harvard Medical School. Wallis painted the teaching diagrams from local subjects and from the atlases of established medical authorities. The effort cost Bigelow $6,000. In 1890 Bigelow presented the watercolors to Reginald H. Fitz to be used in the Harvard Medical School's Department of Anatomy. The watercolors were transferred into the Warren Anatomical Museum between 1890 and 1930.