Art and Medicine Tours London

Pox & Penicillin

  • V0011069 Edward Jenner vaccinating patients against smallpox
Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images
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Caricature of Edward Jenner inoculating patients in the Smallpox and Inoculation Hospital at St. Pancras. The patients are shown growing cow heads from parts of their anatomy following the vaccination. There is a print of the golden calf on the wall behind them.
Patients are spoon-fed "opening mixture" as they come through the door. A boy standing next to Jenner is holding his pot labelled "vaccine pock hot from ye cow", on his jacket is a badge saying "Pancras" and in his pocket a paper entitled "Benefits of the vaccine process".

Lettering: The cow-pock - or - the wonderful effects of the new inoculation! - Vide, the publications of ye anti-vaccine society. Js. Gillray
Coloured etching
1802 By: James GillrayPublished: 12 June 1802.

Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
  • V0011069 Edward Jenner vaccinating patients against smallpox
Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images
images@wellcome.ac.uk
http://wellcomeimages.org
Caricature of Edward Jenner inoculating patients in the Smallpox and Inoculation Hospital at St. Pancras. The patients are shown growing cow heads from parts of their anatomy following the vaccination. There is a print of the golden calf on the wall behind them.
Patients are spoon-fed "opening mixture" as they come through the door. A boy standing next to Jenner is holding his pot labelled "vaccine pock hot from ye cow", on his jacket is a badge saying "Pancras" and in his pocket a paper entitled "Benefits of the vaccine process".

Lettering: The cow-pock - or - the wonderful effects of the new inoculation! - Vide, the publications of ye anti-vaccine society. Js. Gillray
Coloured etching
1802 By: James GillrayPublished: 12 June 1802.

Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
  • Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
  • V0011069 Edward Jenner vaccinating patients against smallpox
Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images
images@wellcome.ac.uk
http://wellcomeimages.org
Caricature of Edward Jenner inoculating patients in the Smallpox and Inoculation Hospital at St. Pancras. The patients are shown growing cow heads from parts of their anatomy following the vaccination. There is a print of the golden calf on the wall behind them.
Patients are spoon-fed "opening mixture" as they come through the door. A boy standing next to Jenner is holding his pot labelled "vaccine pock hot from ye cow", on his jacket is a badge saying "Pancras" and in his pocket a paper entitled "Benefits of the vaccine process".

Lettering: The cow-pock - or - the wonderful effects of the new inoculation! - Vide, the publications of ye anti-vaccine society. Js. Gillray
Coloured etching
1802 By: James GillrayPublished: 12 June 1802.

Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
  • V0011069 Edward Jenner vaccinating patients against smallpox
Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images
images@wellcome.ac.uk
http://wellcomeimages.org
Caricature of Edward Jenner inoculating patients in the Smallpox and Inoculation Hospital at St. Pancras. The patients are shown growing cow heads from parts of their anatomy following the vaccination. There is a print of the golden calf on the wall behind them.
Patients are spoon-fed "opening mixture" as they come through the door. A boy standing next to Jenner is holding his pot labelled "vaccine pock hot from ye cow", on his jacket is a badge saying "Pancras" and in his pocket a paper entitled "Benefits of the vaccine process".

Lettering: The cow-pock - or - the wonderful effects of the new inoculation! - Vide, the publications of ye anti-vaccine society. Js. Gillray
Coloured etching
1802 By: James GillrayPublished: 12 June 1802.

Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
  • V0011069 Edward Jenner vaccinating patients against smallpox
Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images
images@wellcome.ac.uk
http://wellcomeimages.org
Caricature of Edward Jenner inoculating patients in the Smallpox and Inoculation Hospital at St. Pancras. The patients are shown growing cow heads from parts of their anatomy following the vaccination. There is a print of the golden calf on the wall behind them.
Patients are spoon-fed "opening mixture" as they come through the door. A boy standing next to Jenner is holding his pot labelled "vaccine pock hot from ye cow", on his jacket is a badge saying "Pancras" and in his pocket a paper entitled "Benefits of the vaccine process".

Lettering: The cow-pock - or - the wonderful effects of the new inoculation! - Vide, the publications of ye anti-vaccine society. Js. Gillray
Coloured etching
1802 By: James GillrayPublished: 12 June 1802.

Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
David from London Walks  has a word or two to say about the Pox & Penicillin Guided Tour.
All changed. Changed utterly.
I’m not talking about how Paddington has changed. I’m talking about how something that happened in Paddington changed the world.
And how. It’s no exaggeration to say the three most important “moments” in the 20th century took place in London. And one of those “moments” happened at St. Mary’s Paddington. (To find out about the other two you need to go on Brian’s Literary London walk and my [David’s] Old Westminster walk.) Which is by way of saying, Medical Paddington means St. Mary’s Hospital. And St. Mary’s Hospital – think of a cinematic tracking shot here – means Sir Alexander Fleming…and some mould in a petrie dish…leading to…Penicillin. And it’s shiver up the spine stuff to hear how fine the thread was that the discovery hung by. Had to do – sharp intake of breath is called for here – with Fleming’s being a good shot. Had he not been…well, it doesn’t bear thinking about.
But he was. The dish was left out. He noticed the mould…and, well, hello Penicillin. And a Nobel prize in 1945 for Sir Alexander. And a quick zoom out to the world all changed, changed utterly.
It’s good heady stuff. And of course there’s a lot more. And it’s not all “making the rounds”…though there’s plenty of that – especially since this walk is guided by a Public Health Physician, Dr. Barry! In short, we’ll also be tuning into some of Paddington’s other very special frequencies. Take a break from the hospital – just as the medicos do. Just as Alexander Fleming did. Take a break for a turn to one of the wonders of the Victorian age – Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s 1851 Paddington station. And for a 21st century counterpoint there’s the stunning new Paddington waterside complex.
This walk is offered as part of London Walks. You can check their website for times and dates by clicking here. Or email Barry and he will reply with the information.

Itinerary

Meet Dr Barry
To go on the Penicillin & Pox - Medical Paddington walk meet Dr. Barry just outside Lancaster Gate Tube Stop. The "latecomers Catch-up Stop" is by the Edward Jenner statue in the Italian Gardens.
Ending at
The walk ends at PaddingtonTube Stop.

Testimonials

  • Pew Foundation of America – Finding a qualified guide from across the pond for a full day’s tour of the River Thames and Greenwich was a daunting task, but we knew had found the perfect guide when Dr. Barry Walsh was recommended to us. After a conversation about our visit, Barry went above and beyond, researching our destinations and tailoring his background in medicine and his immense knowledge of the history of London to suit our group’s interests and ultimately offered us an exceptional, catered experience.  All guests were impressed with not only his breadth of knowledge but his conversational style that welcomed questions. Even crew members of our boat who had heard a hundred guided tours down the Thames before were impressed with his interesting and unique anecdotes, bringing both the history and architecture of London to life. In Greenwich, Barry could speak about every building, boat and piece of artwork to cross our paths, never missing an opportunity to enrich our visit. Overall, we could not recommend a better guide for your visit to London!

    Katy Saris
  • Barry is our “Renaissance Man”. He’s a Consultant Public Health Physician, an Art Historian and professionally qualified Blue Badge Guide.

    London Tour review David Tucker at London Walks
  • Thank you so much for the wonderful day. We were just sitting here talking about how much we learned. WOW!! Brian and I could have stayed all day. What an amazing place.  I will definitely pass your name along to my friends.
    Molly Haas