Our art and design programme aims to improve patient experience in a hospital environment, which is typically seen as anxiety and stress-inducing. The artwork in our hospital sites remains on permanent display, and we hope that our existing interventions at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital continue to promote healing and positivity for patients and staff.
Jeffery Courtney – Historic Chelsea Reach
Egg tempera on board
Jeffery Courtney trained at the Hornsey College of Art and at the Royal Academy in 1971. He works in the figurative tradition and has studied the techniques of the Old Masters extensively. Courtney was commissioned to paint copies of work by Rembrandt, Leonardo, Botticelli & Piero della Francesca, making amazingly accurate copies. His work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy, Mall Galleries, New Grafton Gallery, Royal Society of Portrait Painters as well as featuring in many private collections.
‘Historic Chelsea Reach’ depicts a panoramic, annotated view of historic buildings and figures along the Thames and its development from Tudor to Victorian times. It features important figures who have lived in or have been associated with the area, from Sir Thomas More to Brunel, and Carlyle. His use of egg tempera is significant – as seen here, it gives a beautifully detailed luminescence to the work.