Scroll depicting the journey of Sir Ronald Ross, 1857 - 1932, in discovering the anopheles mosquito as the carrier of malaria
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Scroll depicting the journey of Sir Ronald Ross, 1857 - 1932, in discovering the anopheles mosquito as the carrier of malaria 2010

On Display PORTRAIT GALLERY

  • Scottish Art
This scroll depicts Sir Ronald Ross discovering how malaria was spread. Whilst working for the Indian Medical Service in 1898, Ross identified the Anopheles mosquito as the carrier of the malaria parasite which spread the disease. Ross poetically described the parasites as the “cunning seeds” of “million-murdering Death”. His discovery, for which Ross was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1902, laid the foundation for combating malaria. The artist is a storyteller in the ancient Patua tradition of Bengal in which the storytellers are also picture makers (chitrakars). They paint narrative scrolls which they unroll as they sing lyrics of their own composition. Gurupada begins by depicting the plaque in a Calcutta street where Ross’s research took place.

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Scroll-work

Ornamental designs based on partly unrolled scrolls of parchment. These can often be very stylised, as in the capitals of columns, or in decorative furniture.

Scroll-work

Details

  • Acc. No. 31.Ros.Chi
  • Medium Vegetable dyes fixed with vegetable gum on paper
  • Size 427.00 x 56.00 cm
  • Credit SNPG Library