Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

An oil painting showing a white missionary who kneels down in front of a tent to attend to a seated nude African child. A white Christ stands behind the missionary with his hand hovering above the missionary's shoulder. The child is supported by a Black woman, and two Black men stand nearby and watch. Thatched dwellings, trees, and two other Black figures populate the background.

Title: A medical missionary attending to a sick African

Artist/Maker: Harold Copping

Date: 1916

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: A medical missionary attending to a sick African. Oil painting by Harold Copping, 1916. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Location(s): London, England

 

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