Under the floorboards of the smart meeting room of the very grand Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, London is presumed to be the burial place of the woman who helped change medical history in ways even she could not have imagined. In this image of the chapel stands my own metal jug of Cholera flowers.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu defied convention by introducing Smallpox inoculation into Western medicine. While visiting Turkey, she saw woman place Smallpox scabs into small wounds which were then carefully bandaged as an effective means of inoculating against Smallpox. Keen to spare her children the suffering of this frightening disease, she had her son Edward inoculated.
On her return to London, she promoted the procedure, despite resistance from the medical establishment and the church. Buried in a locked crypt under Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, London, wrongly more famous for being the setting of the film Love Actually rather than the resting place of this enterprising woman. Here is an image of my larger Cholera work.