Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

A halftone showing the deck of a work boat. A Black crew member sits near ropes and a pail with his hand on his head and his legs outstretched as a white crew member attends to him. Two others look on as another steers the boat in the background. Text below the image reads, "The absence of a doctor on board the smaller trading vessels often proves the one touch of nature that makes even a mixed crew akin. A negro sailor falls from the rigging with a crash upon the deck. His head, proverbially hard, is only bruised, but his leg is broken, and his white shipmates do all in their power to make temporary splints, which will do duty until the leg can be properly set at the next port" and "Amateur Surgery: Accident on Board a Trading Schooner."

Title: A sailor setting the broken leg of another sailor after an accident on deck

Artist/Maker: after Frank Brangwyn

Date: 1895

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: A sailor setting the broken leg of another sailor after an accident on deck. Halftone after F. Brangwyn, 1895. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Public Domain Mark. 

Location(s): London, England

 

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