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This is one of a pair of paintings (see CWLF 127, 406900) depicting a collector surrounded by his possessions and an physician in his laboratory. Both works consciously perpetuate the tradition of David Teniers, who specialised in alchemists and collector

Objects and paintings illustrating the changing perception and use of medicine

Gold nurse's badge c. 1934

RCIN 71225

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The origins of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Institute for Nurses date back to 1887, the year of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. It was established to provide funding for the training and support of district nurses. Queen Mary was closely involved in its activities and was presented with this gold badge in 1934. It is inscribed with the name of the Institute and features the crowned VIR monogram of Queen Victoria.

Since the Institute’s formation in 1887 it has maintained royal patronage. Now known as The Queen’s Nursing Institute it is the oldest professional nursing organisation in the United Kingdom and HM Queen Elizabeth II is the current patron.