Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

A painting featuring a Black woman, Anarcha, in a blue dress and red headwrap who kneels on an examination table. Three white men dressed in vests and trousers surround her. One, Sims, also wears a long black jacket and holds a speculum as he crosses his hands across his chest. Two other Black women, Lucy and Betsey, peer at the scene from behind a curtain.

Title: J. Marion Sims: Gynecologic Surgeon, from “The History of Medicine”

Artist/Maker: Robert Thom

Date: ca. 1952

Source: University of Michigan Museum of Art

Copyright/Permissions: Courtesy of Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan, UMHS.30

Location(s): Montgomery, Alabama, USA

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