Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

A monochromatic watercolor drawing shows the crowded deck of a ship as a man inspects the body and mouth of a crew member. Several others await inspection as the boat floats on a river with buildings and steam stacks in the background. Accompanying text explains that medical officers were examining crew members for bubonic plague by checking their tongues and armpits.

Title: A medical officer examining a ship’s crew for bubonic plague on arrival in the Thames

Artist/Maker: F. de Haanen, after C.E. Eldred.

Date: 1905

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: A medical officer examining a ship’s crew for bubonic plague on arrival in the Thames. Watercolour drawing by F. de Haenen, 1905, after C.E. Eldred. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Location(s): England

 

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