Re: Facial hair revisited
- The folowing is part of Bell's bio...
At the battle of Waterloo (June 18, 1815), Bell operated on the
wounded until "his clothes were stiff with blood and his arms
powerless with the exertion of using the knife". It was at Waterloo he
produced the oil paintings and etchings of gunshot wounds now on
display in the custody of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
About a soldier Bell painted, but did not operate upon himself, he
wrote: "The ball struck the head of the humerus, and shattered it,
passed through and wounded a rib. It was resolved to amputate at the
shoulder joint. It was reported to me that the patient sunk from loss
of blood. I thought myself entitled to say that the method followed by
our army surgeons was too bold, and not suited to common practice, and
especially in a case like this, when the patient was reduced by a
complication in the wound."
--- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "J.Bruce Whittaker" <ortheris@r...>
> I have just read the post on facial hair in the painting mentioned.
> One thought that comes to mind is: when was the painting done. Is it
> a contemporary painting of the battle in question or was it done at a
> later date. If it was done later then perhaps the artist gave the
> subjects a look that was fashionable during the later date when the
> work was done. Just a thought.
> Bruce Whittaker