Teaching watercolor of bone cancer on the skull

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Teaching watercolor of bone cancer on the skull


Bone Neoplasms
Bone and Bones
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. 2, liv. 33, pl. 4


Large watercolor showing two views of a skull covered in bone neoplasms. The top image shows the skull from the top, with the soft tissues of the tumor still attached, seen as bulbous masses of gray tissue. In the bottom left is a view of the interior of the skull, with holes and markings and changes in texture caused by the tumors. In the bottom right is the exterior of the skull with the soft tumors removed, showing the star-like injuries left in the bone. 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 (21142.406)


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 bone cancer on the skull,” OnView, accessed February 23, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/13325.

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