BetaThis search tool is in development. Find out more.
Digital Images

Painting by Cayley Robinson

Frederic Cayley Robinson


Free to use with attribution CC BYCredit: Wellcome Collection
Can I use this?

About this digital image


The painting shows representatives of the civilian population in a courtyard outside the hospital. They include a mother nursing a baby, children, and mature people including a man resembling Cayley Robinson himself (the scholar wearing a brown cloak, left). The traditional architecture provides an aged man with a ledge to take the weight off his legs. On the right a woman requests help for her young daughter from a doctor at the entrance to the hospital. In the centre a dead tree with a snake in its branches bears a pessimistic message for human beings as the descendants of Adam and Eve: "Dust thou art and unto dust shalt thou return". On the left, a comet passes through the sky over a terrace of Fitzrovia townhouses (the terrace continuing from the previous painting in the pair)


Cayley - Robinson 1916. Painted on back of canvas, presumably by F. Cayley Robinson: ""The doctor". F. Cayley Robinson, 1 Lansdowne House, [ditto mark to mean Lansdowne] Road, W."


Where to find it


License information

License information

You can use this work for any purpose, including commercial uses, without restriction under copyright law. You should also provide attribution to the original work, source and licence.

Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) terms and conditions


Painting by Cayley Robinson. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

We’re improving the information on this page. Find out more.