An eighteenth century consultation

William Hoare's painting at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath


Hanging above the main staircase, the painting depicts two of the honorary hospital medical staff examining a group of patients. The picture was presented to the hospital by the artist, William Hoare, in 1762. It is the most impressive of a number of fine eighteenth century paintings which hang in the hospital. Collections of paintings were common in 18thC voluntary hospitals where artists were eager to display their work, not for the benefit of patients, but rather as a means of attracting potential commissions from visiting governors and subscribers

The artist

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The artistic influence

The subjects

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