Wellcome Library Gains Rare Portrait of French Surgeon Ange-Bernard Imbert-Delonnes


LONDON.- The Art Fund has helped acquire a rare portrait of French surgeon Ange-Bernard Imbert-Delonnes (1747-1818) by Pierre Chasselat for the Wellcome Library… The magnificent portrait drawing of the French surgeon Imbert-Delonnes speaks of his gory surgical conquests and family intrigue. The minutely detailed interior includes a gruesome souvenir of Imbert Delonnes’s proudest achievement: a gigantic testicular tumour (sarcocele) which, in a controversial operation, Imbert-Delonnes removed from Charles-François Delacroix, the French foreign minister. The portrait itself, and the identity of the man portrayed, were discovered by the firm of Didier Aaron, from whom the drawing has been purchased by the Wellcome Library with the aid of grants from the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the Art Fund. In accordance with Imbert-Delonnes’s self-image, it shows him sitting in a lordly pose in a fashionable interior at the dawn o