Teaching watercolor of an ovarian cyst

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Teaching watercolor of an ovarian cyst


Ovarian Cysts
Henry Jacob Bigelow Watercolor Collection
Wallis, Oscar
Bigelow, Henry Jacob, 1818-1890
Teaching Aids and devices
Teaching Methods
Harvard Medical School. Department of Anatomy
Fitz, Reginald, 1885-1953


After Jean Cruveilhier's Anatomie pathologique du corps humain, vol. 1, liv. 5, pl. 3


Large watercolor showing two views of an ovarian cyst. Cyst is mostly blue in color, with red vessels crossing the surface and yellow lumps. The surface is bumpy. The top view is an external view of the cyst, with the attached ovarian tissue in light pink. The lower view shows the cyst on a black pedestal. It has been cut open with part of the surface pulled back. The insides, a mass of yellow and green and pink and blue with various forms and textures, spills onto the surface of the pedestal. Watercolor is framed in green sewn textile with metal grommets in each of the four corners.


Wallis, Oscar

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Warren Anatomical Museum (21142.218)


Original work can be found in the Countway Rare Books Collection (f Treadwell 1101)




watercolors (paintings)




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.

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69 W x 100 H cm




Wallis, Oscar, “Teaching watercolor of an ovarian cyst,” OnView, accessed February 25, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/13214.

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