Future of historic paintings is uncertain after closure of hospital site

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 19 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:820
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    The future of four huge oil paintings by the British symbolist painter Frederick Cayley Robinson is uncertain after a decision by University College London Hospitals NHS Trust to sell them through the auctioneers Christie's.

    The paintings used to be in the entrance hall of the Middlesex Hospital, which merged with the former University College Hospital more than 20 years ago, but no place has been found for them in the new UCLH building, after the closure of the Middlesex site.

    Admirers of the paintings, called the Acts of Mercy murals, say that the trust has a duty to keep them in the public domain.

    The four works, each measuring more than six square metres, were installed in the hospital in 1919 as homage to its work during the first world …

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