Mark Wallinger

Dr John Snow (1813-1858)

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Year 2021
Medium Ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions 27.5 x 21 cm
Top pick Aaron Cezar, Director of Delfina Foundation

About the work

John Snow’s identification of the Broad Street pump as the cause of the Soho cholera epidemic of 1854 overturned the pervading theory that cholera was spread through the air. It became the founding event of the science of epidemiology, which has helped shape public health policies around the world.

Thames Water is the biggest user of access covers in the UK. My drawing represents the cover nearest to Snow’s former home (and blue plaque) on Frith Street in Soho. Graphite has the colour and sheen of the ductile iron of these generally overlooked objects.

← Kara Walker

Untitled paranoia sketch

John Walter →

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