In the Library, St. James’ Square, Bristol (c. 1805-1806). Attributed to Thomas Pole (1753-1829), physician and Quaker minister.
Pole’s medical practice was concentrated on obstetrics: he lectured on midwifery and, being a skilful draughtsman, recorded instructive sketches which were engraved.
In addition to being a skilled medical illustrator, Pole was a keen watercolourist and silhouettist. He created a number of hand-written books, some leather bound, in which he wrote about aspects of his life, a holiday in France, the death of his wife Elizabeth, and other topics. He illustrated several of them with small watercolour pictures. These pictures have a naive style, all his own.