The Scottish Women's Hospital : In The Cloister of the Abbaye at Royaumont. Dr. Frances Ivens inspecting a French patient.

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  • Art.IWM ART 3090
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  • Support: canvas
  • medium: oil
  • Support: Height 1143 mm, Width 1397 mm
  • Frame: Depth 55 mm, Height 1330 mm, Width 1590 mm
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  • object category: painting

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image: A view along the cloister of an abbey, in which there is a row of beds filled with patients on the left. In the left foreground three nurses tend to a male patient, who sits up in bed. Two French officers in horizon blue uniforms stand in the right foreground, with two French soldiers and a man wearing a Fez-style hat standing behind them.


Norah Neilson-Gray was an outstanding pupil at Glasgow School of Art, which she left to join the Scottish Women’s Hospital during the First World War. She served as an orderly at Royaumont one of the 10 hospitals run by the organisation during the War years. The painting is one of two commissioned in 1920 by the Imperial War Museum to commemorate the hospital and its leader Dr Frances Ivens. Neilson-Gray died at the early age of 49 from an infection she contracted in France.

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Imperial War Museum Women's Work Section commission



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