N06217 THE PATIENT OPPOSITE 1952
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’.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II