Bloomsbury Cultural History - Portrait of Lili Elbe
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Collection: Wellcome Collection

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Europe

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Museum Object

Portrait of Lili Elbe

by Gerda Wegener (Artist)
This is an image from BCH_images_wellcome_L0047115

This watercolor depicts the artist Lili Elbe, born Einar Wegener. In 1930 she underwent the world's first sex reassignment surgery. The portrait is attributed to Elbe's wife. Following Elbe's sex change their marriage was annulled as the law failed to recognize the marriage of two women.

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