Gertrude Herzfeld, 1890 - 1981. Surgeon (1933)
About this artwork
This chalk drawing shows Gertrude Herzfeld, who was the first practising woman surgeon in Scotland. Born in London of Austrian parents, Herzfeld qualified in Edinburgh in 1914. She worked as a surgeon at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, the Chalmers Hospital and Bolton Infirmary. In 1920 she became only the second female Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. From 1920 until her retirement in 1955 she worked at Bruntsfield Hospital, where she undertook a wide range of general and gynaecological surgery. Herzfeld sometimes faced difficulties as a woman in a male-dominated profession. She became a champion for women in medicine when she served as President of the Medical Women’s Federation. From 1960 until 1962 she also chaired the British Medical Association’s Edinburgh division.
- title: Gertrude Herzfeld, 1890 - 1981. Surgeon
- accession number: PG 1996
- artist: David FoggieScottish (1878 - 1948)
- depicted: Gertrude Herzfeld
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(On Display)
- object type: Work on paper
- subject: Medicine and science
- materials: Black chalk on paper
- date created: 1933
- measurements: 46.70 x 29.20 cm
- credit line: Given by Mrs Mary Foggie 1962
- copyright: © THE ARTIST’S ESTATE
Artist David Foggie was born and educated in Dundee. Between 1898 and 1900 he studied art at Antwerp Academy in Belgium. He briefly moved back home, got married, and returned to the continent once more for further study in Antwerp, Florence and Paris. In 1904 Foggie finally returned to Scotland. He settled in Fife and practised as an artist in Dundee, where he joined and later presided over the Dundee Art Society. In 1919 he moved to Edinburgh and started teaching at Edinburgh College of Art the following year. Foggie was elected a full member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1930 and became its Secretary from 1932 until his death. He is best known as a figure and portrait painter, although he also produced a great number of delicate landscapes in water-colour.