Nursing & Midwifery

Sue Sonksen, 1980s

Display No. 187

Sue Sonksen was a Nightingale Nurse who cared for artist Feliks Topolski RA (1907-1989) in hospital. To show his thanks, he painted her portrait.

St Thomas’s Hospital, amongst others, display some of the more notable donated art works provided to them by artists who have been patients or who have had their families in care.

Image courtesy of Sue Sonksen

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Nightingale is respected worldwide for her pioneering role in developing the nursing profession, her statistical work, and her evidence-based approach to healthcare. In honour of her bicentenary the World Health Organisation have named 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

In our special exhibition, you will find out about objects, people and places which tell interesting stories about Florence’s life and legacy. You’ll discover artefacts from her life, people she both inspired and challenged, and places she helped to shape. There’s many more insights too!

Please click on the different sections of her famous coxcomb diagram to explore various aspects of her life and legacy. We hope you enjoy exploring!