The British Dental Association Museum holds a unique collection of oil paintings dating from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. They include paintings illustrating the history of dentistry in the UK and prominent dentists from the Association’s history. Some of the works have been exhibited at famous institutions such as the Royal Academy. The paintings have been acquired through both donations and purchases, some grant aided. The museum continues to collect today, the most recent acquisition being in late 2011. The collection includes paintings of Saint Apollonia, patron saint of toothache sufferers, and of Lilian Lindsay, the first woman to qualify as a dentist in the UK. A highlight is 'The Dentist' by Sir John Lavery, of the Glasgow Boys School, which features his glamorous wife Hazel as the patient. The painting, dating to 1929, is remarkable for its modernity in particular the X-ray machine which is featured.
British Dental Association Dental Museum
64 Wimpole Street, London, Greater London W1G 8YS England
020 7935 6492http://www.bda.org/museum
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