Surgeon's sign, England, 1750-1800

Made:
1750-1800 in England
maker:
Unknown
and
J Short
Surgeon's signboard, wooden, suspended from beam, English, 18th century.
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Surgeon's signboard, 'Midwifery', J. Short, wooden, suspended from beam, English, 18th century

J Short, a surgeon, used this sign to advertise his skills as a midwife. The sign would have hung outside his practice. It is symbolic of the changing nature of childbirth in this period. Once the preserve of local, female midwives, it increasingly became the territory of trained, male surgeons who were armed with an array of specialised obstetrical instruments.

Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
A631388
Materials:
iron, paint and wood (unidentified)
type:
sign
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sign - promotional or advertising artefact