Twin, hand-made, child-birth demonstration model
© Christine Borland

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Twin, hand-made, child-birth demonstration model 1997
  • Scottish Art
Borland is interested in the relationship between art and anatomy, and in the history of medicine. This work was made following the artist's discovery of two hand-made models used by William Smellie (1697-1763), a pioneer of obstetrics in Scotland. Used in child-birth demonstration lessons, the leather and sawdust models contained real foetal skulls. Although they had a macabre and tragic story, the models equally had a positive role as teaching aids. Borland made this model to the exact specifications of the demonstration models, hand-stitching the leather but using a plastic skull. The work poignantly suggests the unknown foetuses used in the original models.


  • Acc. No. GMA 4321
  • Medium Leather, plastic skull, sawdust
  • Size 59.00 x 21.00 x 7.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased with the assistance of the Iain Paul Fund 2000