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Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 5pm

A drawing of an 18th century operation; the patient in the centre is shouting while is being held down onto a table by several figures. His leg is being sawn by a figure in the foreground. To the left, an audience in raised tiers look down on the scene.

'An Amputation at St Thomas' Hospital', artist unknown, mid 1700s

Surgeons at Work: The art of the operation

31st March–27th June 2015

The link between surgery and art has long been recognised and many artists, including Henry Tonks and Barbara Hepworth, have found inspiration from observing the surgical world. This exhibition features representations of surgeons and surgery from the 16th to the 21st centuries taken from the museum and library collections of the Royal College of Surgeons. 

These book illustrations, prints, drawings and paintings convey technical information or provide a record of treatment. Many also attempt to capture the emotions and atmosphere of the theatre and reveal something of the relationship between the patient, surgeon and the operating team.