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Lady Florey's Note

Oil painting of penicillin culture vessels, framed in wood.

This was painted by Mr. Harold Axtell, who worked for most of his life in the School of Pathology, becoming artist & photographer, & finally head technician. He was an enthusiastic amateur painter, who exhibited in local club exhibitions.

The painting shows the standard ceramic culture vessels stacked on shelves behind a bench on which are a micro-bunsen burner, a bacteriological culture loop, a petri dish with Penicillium notatum growing on agar, & two ehrlenmeyer flasks with the mould growing on broth.

The picture was presented to Professor Florey who hung it in his laboratory where it stayed till he resigned from his chair.

[From Lady Florey's notes on the Florey Collection, 1969]

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