First Do No Harm – Hydrangea

I painted this on my computer and had it digitally printed with additional glazes. There are cameo portraits and a seal inserted too.

It’s the story of how the Hydrangea plant came to Britain, and its medicinal properties first discovered by the Cherokee. Near the bottom is the Hippocratic seal- which accompanies the Hippocratic oath of around 500 BCE, still in use today: “First do no harm…”

There’s information about Peter Collinson of Pekham who imported rare plants in the C18th  HERE  

  

   

   

2 thoughts on “First Do No Harm – Hydrangea

  1. Wonderful painting, one of my favorite flowers. Too bad most doctors have completely lost sight of this important oath. It has led modern medicine in a destructive and cruel direction.

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