St George’s Hospital was established at Lanesborough House, Hyde Park Corner in 1733 and throughout its history paintings of the building and of eminent physicians were acquired. The most celebrated was John Hunter, appointed in 1768 at the age of 40. His portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds hangs in the Royal College of Surgeons. In 1834 St George’s Hospital obtained permission to take a copy and Herbert Luther was the chosen artist.

Throughout St George’s Hospital history at Hyde Park Corner paintings of the building and its prestigious site was acquired. The largest of all was commissioned from Edward Bawden RA for its new premises at Tooting, South West London.

The role of the collection has since changed and newer artworks by contemporary artists are collected. The Art Collection now consists of over 900 works by leading modern and contemporary British artists including Helen Chadwick, Albert Irvin,and Richard Long. It still retains a small number of historic works. We continue to acquire work by established artists.

Between 2006-7 Unilever gifted forty-five artwork from their collection; these works helped to further develop the contemporary Collection at the hospital. As one of the largest hospitals in Europe St George’s Hospital meets and works with many practising artists and the collection reflects their generosity.

The Collection is displayed across the hospital and plays an important facet in transforming the clinical environment to enhance the wellbeing of patients and staff.

The Art Collection is owned by St George’s Hospital Charity and the charity funds the conservation and preservation of the work and high quality displays both at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton.

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Image: St George's Hospital, Hyde Park, London Edward Bawden
© Estate of Edward Bawden                                                      Image by Benedict Johnson

© Donna Wilson                                                                             Image by Benedict Johnson