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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

Brooks, Vincent (1814-85)

Reading the Queen's letter, Scutari Hospital c.1855

RCIN 751018

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In December 1854, Queen Victoria wrote a letter to the governess of her children, Miss Hildyard, who was in correspondence with Florence Nightingale. In her letter the Queen expressed her admiration for the wounded soldiers and asked her sentiments to be passed on to those in the field hospital in Scutari, in the Crimea. Although written as a private letter, it was published later by the British press. The ‘Queen’s Letter’ was well-received by her troops, and was copied and distributed among the sick and wounded at Scutari hospital.