Frederick Cayley Robinson’s Acts of Mercy paintings which used to hang in the foyer of the since demolished Middlesex Hospital, Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia, will go on public display at the National Gallery. Local people and Fitzrovia News campaigned to save the beautiful paintings which were due to be sold off by University College London NHS Trust.
The four paintings were then acquired by the Welcome Library and are housed in their building on Euston Road. But for three months from 14 July they will be loaned to the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square.
Audio slideshow: Acts of Mercy — BBC website describing the paintings
Frederick Cayley Robinson: Acts of Mercy — National Gallery website
Where are these paintings now, please, and could I view them? I am associate lecturer at Sussex University and was telling my students about these wonderful murals which I remember seeing when visiting the hospital as a child and it is the place where I was born (my grandparents lived opposite in Berner Street). I cannot tell you how sad I am that this wonderful hospital building has been demolished. I can see it in my mind’s eye as I write, as I used to look at it from my granparents window.
Well done to all of you who saved the paintings – and thank you. I so wanted to see the exhibition, but had no time to visit.
They are in the Wellcome Library, Euston Road http://www.wellcomecollection.org/press/press-releases/fredrick-cayley-robinson.aspx
assistant editor, FN
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