AboutArtist Dickie Orpen (1914- 2008) created over 2,500 drawings of reconstructive surgical procedures during the second world war. She worked alongside surgeons at the Plastic and Maxillo-Facial Unit at Hill End, St Albans, recording surgeries carried out by plastic surgeon Rainsford Mowlem (1902-1986), and his team. The drawings are fascinating not only for their surgical content but also for the skill of the artist; the images are simple yet informative, and often strikingly beautiful.
This exhibition offers an opportunity to see a selection of works from this recently re-discovered collection, which forms part of the Antony Wallace Archive at the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. An exhibition catalogue is available from the Hunterian Museum (open 10am-5pm, Tues-Sat).