Teaching watercolor of removed tissue and a microscopic view of it

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Teaching watercolor of removed tissue and a microscopic view of it


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 from a local Boston patient


Large watercolor showing several views of a piece of removed tissue. In the upper left is an interior view painted in deep reds and blues while it is held open by pins. In the upper right is an exterior view. It is dark red and pink underneath, with a white circular pattern of thing fibers on the surface. In the far upper right is a small drawing of the tissue at its natural size. On the bottom is a large color microscopic view showing the different kinds of cells in the tissue, at two magnifications of 600 Diam: and 130 Diam: with red blood cells for scale. 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 (21142.371)




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 removed tissue and a microscopic view of it,” OnView, accessed June 21, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/13293.