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National Gallery to exhibit pictures from Middlesex Hospital


The National Gallery is to hold an exhibition featuring paintings which used to hang in the Middlesex Hospital.

It will feature work by the British painter Frederick Cayley Robinson, including four paintings known collectively as “Acts of Mercy”. Individually they are titled Orphans I and II, and Doctor I and II.

The paintings, completed between 1916 and 1920, were commissioned to adorn the Middlesex Hospital when it was rebuilt between 1928 and 1935. They were sold by the hospital in 2007.

Also featured in the exhibition will other works by Cayley Robinson, including paintings called The Old Nurse and Pastoral.

The exhibition will run from 14 July to 17 October.


Readers' comments (3)

  • HAving trained and worked at the Middlesex I am so pleased to have a chance to see again these paintings I walked past twice a day.

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  • I agree that it will be lovely to see them again. They were a focal point at the Middlesex and very beautiful and added a peaceful and professional air to the hospital. Much nicer than the abstact and irrelevant art we have to see in my present hospital. Most of it is difficult to see any form in it at all and some of it resembles bodily secretions or off cuts from some operation.

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  • I totally agree with the last comment. The Middlesex was one of the most beautiful hospitals I worked in in the 80s. I now work in a modern hospital where peace and good taste seem to have flown out of the window. Down my corridor is a painting of the 'Experience of Crohn's disease' the painting makes me feel sick whenever I see it!

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