Case Studies of Medical Portraiture Workshop

The research strand ‘Case Studies of Medical Portraiture’ in the Centre for the Humanities and Health at King’s College London will be holding its first workshop on Thursday 2nd June in the Department of History (room S808), Strand Campus. The workshop will engage with ways of understanding portraiture practices in relation to medicine broadly defined and ways of conceptualising medical contexts in relation to portraiture. A main priority of the workshop will be to encourage discussion of current work being undertaken in the field, and we invite all those who are working on projects related to medical portraiture to participate in our Open Session.

All welcome but numbers are limited. Please book by Friday 27th May by contacting


Tea and Coffee served from 9:30

9:50 – 10:00 Welcome and Thanks (Keren Hammerschlag)

 Session One: What is a medical portrait? And what can it tell us?

Chair: Katherine Foxhall

10– 10:25 Ludmilla Jordanova: Medical? Portrait?

10:25 – 10:50 Douglas James: Five artists, two poets and a king: portraits of patients in early-modern England

10:50 – 11:15 Keren Hammerschlag: Examining Surgeons in Group Portraits from the 1880s and 1890s

11:15 – 12:00 Discussion

12:00 – 1:00 Open Session

1:00- 2:00 Lunch

Session Two: Inside Out: Private Portraits Made Public

Chair: Douglas James

2:00 – 2:25 Susan Sidlauskas: Aesthetics and objectivity in the Medical Portrait, 1880-1910

2:25 – 2:50 Katherine Rawling: Patient Portraits: Images of Mental Illness, 1880-1910

2:50 – 3:15 Katherine Foxhall: Portraits of Pain: Migrainous Distortions of Everyday Life

3:15 – 4:00 Discussion

4:00 – 4:30 Tea Break

Session Three: Snapshot of a Genre: Medical Portraiture and Photography

Chair: Keren Hammerschlag

4:30 – 4:55 Rosemary Wall: Photographic Representations of British Colonial Nurses

4:55 – 5:20 Richard McKay: Photographs of ‘Patient Zero’

5:20 – 6:00 Discussion

6:00 Closing remarks (Ludmilla Jordanova)


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