Teaching watercolor of four views of a badly healed fracture of the femur

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Teaching watercolor of four views of a badly healed fracture of the femur


Fractures, Bone
Femoral Fractures
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


Possibly of a local Boston patient


Large watercolor showing four different views of a poorly healed broken femur. It has healed at an angle, with the two portions not aligned, but joined by bony tissue. There are three exterior views at different angles, and one cut away view showing the interior of the bones at the break. Watercolor is framed in green sewn textile, with metal grommets in each of the four corners.


Wallis, Oscar

Date Created



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Warren Anatomical Museum (21142.078)




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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Physical Dimensions

69 W x 100 H cm




Wallis, Oscar, “Teaching watercolor of four views of a badly healed fracture of the femur,” OnView, accessed June 17, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/13150.