Catalogue entry


Inscr. ‘C Rogers 1952’ b.l.
Oil on hardboard, 9×10 1/2 (23×27).
Purchased from the Leicester Galleries (Kerr Fund) 1954.
Exh: Looking Forward, Whitechapel Art Gallery, September–November 1952 (81); Leicester Galleries, May–June 1954 (30).

This was the first of a number of pictures painted while convalescing in bed after the artist had been in St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, in March 1952. The patient opposite was a Greek, who had a splint for a septic hand. The original drawing made in the hospital was shown in the Arts Council's exhibition Drawings for Pictures, 1953 (32), as ‘Scene in a Hospital Ward’; it was also shown in the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, February–July 1955 (55), as ‘The Patient Opposite’.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II