'Dr James Barry MD', drawing, Europe, 1845-1855

Made:
1845-1855 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Copy of Illustration: Dr James Barry MD (1785-1865) / [c1850]. Drawing, pencil and wash, col.; 31x22cm. Portrait, FL in
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Dr James Barry MD (1785-1865) / [c1850]. Drawing, pencil and wash, col.; 31x22cm. Portrait, FL in uniform. Army surgeon who lived as a man, found to have been a woman after death. Legend on the reverse reads 'painted by an officer of the Buffs'.

Dr James Miranda Stuart Barry (1799-1865) had a successful career as an army medical officer, posted to a range of British colonies. On death it was revealed that James been born a woman but lived and dressed as a man. It is now believed that Barry was originally known as Margaret Ann Bulkley and had assumed a male guise in order to receive medical training at a time when women were effectively barred from pursuing such a career.

Barry had showed an early talent for medicine and began studying at the age of ten, receiving an MD (Doctor of Medicine degree) in 1816. This crude watercolour shows Barry wearing an army uniform.

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Category:
Art
Object Number:
1980-550
type:
portrait
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Dartington Prints

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