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

Dr James Miranda Stuart Barry (1799-1865) had a successful career as an army medical officer, posted to a range of British colonies. On his death it was revealed that he had 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.

Object number:

1980-550

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Glossary: drawing - visual work

Drawing is a visual art that makes use of any number of drawing instruments to mark a two-dimensional medium. An artist who practices or works in drawing may be referred to as a draftsman or draughtsman. Drawing is the application of lines to a surface, often paper, by using a pencil, pen, chalk, or some other tracing instrument to focus on the delineation of form rather than the application of colour. This term is often defined broadly to refer to computer-generated images as well.