About the object

20th Century Portrait Miniature Of Sir Herbert Atkinson Barker

By Mildred Lingwood

1908

Watercolour on photographic base on ivorine

Signed with monogram 'ML' and dated '1908', inscribed on backboard '..l Bonesell. Mr HA Barker Mrs Mildred Lingw[ood] Bedford Road [Be]dford Park W', gilt-metal mount with leather backing

Sir Herbert Atkinson Barker (1869-1950) was the most famous British osteopath and manipulator. As a bonesetter or manipulative surgeon he was at odds with the medical profession at the turn of the century because he practised the healing without having received the traditional education.

In 1920 307 M.Ps signed a petition asking the Archbishop of Canterbury, to bestow on Barker an honorary medical degree. This failed, but two years later he received a knighthood. Medical hostility gradually petered out.

In 1936 he gave a demonstration of his skills before the British Orthopaedic Association, and three years later a film of his work was made. On 8 September, 1967 The Times reported that Michael Joseph's book called Harley Street revealed that prominent surgeons were sending their patients to Barker despite the B.M.A ban on him.

This miniature is painted on a photographic base. Mildred Lingwood may have been married to Edgar Lingwood, who ran a photographic studio.

 

Condition report

Good

Stock number

5131