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Bust of Mary Harris Thompson, M. D.

A work made of marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of marble.

Date:

1902

Artist:

Daniel Chester French
American, 1850–1931

About this artwork

When Mary Harris Thompson arrived in Chicago in 1863 to practice medicine, she found a city desperately in need of medical care for women. It was obvious that the city’s two hospitals were grossly inadequate; in fact, one of them did not even accept female patients. Responding to this crisis, Thompson opened the Women and Children’s Hospital in 1865, and in 1870 she founded the Women’s Hospital Medical College, the first medical college for women in the Midwest. At the time of her death, Thompson had gained international recognition, both for being the first female surgeon in Illinois and for opening up the healthcare profession for women.

Status

On View, Gallery 161

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Daniel Chester French (Sculptor)

Title

Bust of Mary Harris Thompson, M. D.

Origin

United States

Date

1902

Medium

Marble

Dimensions

71.1 × 58.4 cm (28 × 23 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Mary Harris Thompson, M. D. Foundation

Reference Number

1992.647

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