South East View Of Chelsea Hospital.
Hand coloured aquatint, very fine, image 290 x 450mm. 11½ x 17¾". Small chip and hole upper left; unexamined out of frame.
The Royal Hospital Chelsea, with figures in the grounds. Chelsea Hospital is a retirement and nursing home for British soldiers who are unfit for further duty due to injury or old age, referred to as 'in-pensioners' (or more colloquially, as Chelsea pensioners). The Hospital was founded by King Charles II, who issued a Royal Warrant authorising the building of the Hospital on 22 December 1681, in order to make provision for old or injured soldiers. Many of these soldiers, who were no longer fit for service, had been kept on regimental rolls so that they could continue to receive payment, because there was an inadequate provision of pensions for them. Sir Christopher Wren was commissioned to design and erect the building. His design was based on the Hôpital des Invalides in Paris. The grounds of the Royal Hospital have been the site of the annual Chelsea Flower Show since 1913. This seems to be a separately issued plate.
Longford Images of Chelsea: 82.
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