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Portrait of Henry Vernon Crock AO, 1988

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
Gift of Henry Vernon Crock AO in memory of David Smith 2007
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© David Smith

Accession number: 2007.53

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David Smith (age 68 in 1988)

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Portrait of Henry Vernon Crock AO, 1988 David Smith
Portrait of Henry Vernon Crock AO, 1988 David Smith
Portrait of Henry Vernon Crock AO, 1988 David Smith
Portrait of Henry Vernon Crock AO, 1988 David Smith

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Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2008
David Smith portrayed Dr Henry Crock without the accoutrements of an orthopaedic surgeon, adding to the National Portrait Gallery's collection of eminent Australian medical practitioners.
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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.