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Sir Archibald Hector McIndoe

(1900-1960), Plastic surgeon

Sitter in 4 portraits
Born in New Zealand, McIndoe came to London and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1932. As consultant to the RAF, in 1939 he organised the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, to become a rehabilitation centre for injured airmen and air-raid casualties. His skill in remodelling burnt faces and limbs was renowned. McIndoe was Vice-President of the Royal College of Surgeons (1948-60), and a founder of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons. Operated on by McIndoe, the Spitfire pilot Richard Hillary recalled that 'behind his horn-rimmed spectacles a pair of tired, friendly eyes regarded me speculatively'.

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Sir Archibald Hector McIndoe, by Anna Zinkeisen - NPG 5927

Sir Archibald Hector McIndoe

by Anna Zinkeisen
oil on canvas, circa 1944
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5927

Sir Archibald Hector McIndoe, by Lenare - NPG x3984

Sir Archibald Hector McIndoe

by Lenare
cellulose acetate negative, 26 September 1949
NPG x3984

Sir Archibald Hector McIndoe, by Lenare - NPG x3985

Sir Archibald Hector McIndoe

by Lenare
cellulose acetate negative, 26 September 1949
NPG x3985

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