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Portrait of Henry Vernon Crock AO
, 1988

by David Smith

oil on canvas (frame: 138.0 cm x 108.5 cm, support: 121.5 cm x 92.0 cm)

Henry ‘Harry’ Crock AO (1929–2018), surgeon and educator, studied in Perth and then Melbourne, where he won the Rector’s Medal for Debating at Newman College as well as medals in anatomy, medicine and surgery. Having worked in Oxford in the late 1950s, he returned to Melbourne to lecture in surgery at the University of Melbourne; from 1977 to 1986 he was a Professorial Associate there. Meanwhile, from 1961 to 1986 he was Senior Orthopaedic Surgeon at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. From 1986 onwards he was the Director of the Spinal Disorders Unit at London’s Cromwell Hospital, and a consultant Spinal Surgeon and Lecturer at the Hammersmith Hospital. Crock is a foundation member and past President of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine and a Foundation Member of the European Spine Society, and has been the Chairman of the DISCS Charitable Trust since 1993. He has written or co-written several key medical texts including The Blood Supply of the Lower Limb Bones in Man (1967), Practice of Spinal Surgery (1993) and An Atlas of the Vascular Anatomy of the Skeleton and Spinal Cord (1996).

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of Henry Vernon Crock AO in memory of David Smith 2007
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number: 2007.53