Portrait No. 84

Lam Qua, 1801-1860
Physical Description:
61 cm. x 47 cm.
Framed, oil on board
Girl with large tumor of the buttocks. Not numbered by Dr. White C.J.B., 1914.
Sixth Report of the Ophthalmic Hospital in Canton ending on the 4th of May 1837 In: Chinese Repository, vol. 6, May 1837 – April 1838, p. 38: No 3000, Lew Akin, aged 12 years, of Tsunchun, a village of Shuntih district, and the only child of her affectionate parents, had a steatomatous tumor upon her right hip, of a magnitude that required the patient to lean forward when she walked, in order to preserve her balance. Her health appeared good, except that she was much emaciated. In ten days she had made surprising improvement under a generous diet. On the 27th of April the usual indemnity given by the parent, the tumor was removed in two minutes and fourteen seconds. Its circumference (exceeding that of her body) was two feet at the base and much larger at the middle, it was very slightly attached, and consisted of concentric layers of fatty substance separated from each other by a surrounding cerous membrane, till near the center it was found of a much firmer structure, resembling cartilage. (…) In one week the whole was so far healed that the child was able to walk in the room without pain to herself or injury to the wound. She is now in good health, more fleshly than ever before. Since the first twenty four hours after the operation she has experienced but little pain. The feelings of the father were particularly noticed by the spectators at the time of the operation. He was in the room, but the unsightly wound that presented, as the integuments retracted ten or twelve inches apart, the incision being about ten inches long, was too much for the father to witness without tears. He left the room, but the cry of his little daughter, when the needle was passed through the integuments in applying sutures, soon recalled him, as soon to retreat. His vigilance in his attention to his only child, continually, day and night, have strongly exhibited the strength of natural affections, equaled only by his gratitude for the relief afforded his daughter. I am greatly indebted to Lamqua, who has taken an admirable likeness of this little girl, and a good representation of the tumor. The more interesting cases that have been presented at the hospital, he has painted with equal success, and uniformly says that as there is no charge for “cutting”, he can make none for painting.
Donated by Peter Parker to the Yale School of Medicine and transferred to the Historical Library.
Variant Titles:
Lew Akin
Medicine, Chinese
Missions and Missionaries
Missions, Medical
Case No. 3000
Lew Akin
Parker, Peter, 1804-1888
paintings (AAT)
Content Type:
Paintings & Drawings
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Source Title:
Peter Parker Collection
Yale Collection:
Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
Digital Collection:
Lam Qua's Portraits of Peter Parker's Patients