Teaching watercolor of the external signs of various types of hernias in females

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Teaching watercolor of the external signs of various types of hernias in females


Hernia, Femoral
Hernia, Inguinal
Hernia, Umbilical
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 Baptiste Marc Bourgery's Traite complet de l'anatomie de l'homme, vol. 7, plate 36


Large watercolor showing four views of different kinds of hernias in women. Top left shows the right hip with a femoral hernia. Top right shows the lower abdomen with an umbilical hernia. Lower left shows the lower abdomen and genitalia with two femoral hernias, and the bottom right shows the lower abdomen and genitalia with an inguinal hernia. 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 (21142.235)


Original source work can be found in the Countway Rare Books Collection (1.Mw.1831.B, Cabinet 11, Shelf 5)




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 the external signs of various types of hernias in females,” OnView, accessed June 21, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/13230.