Sir Richd. Croft, Bart. M.D.With feelings of gratitude & esteem for the high Professional Talents & Humanity of the late Dr. Croft_display'd in the preservation of the life of an important branch of my Family.
This correct likeness is dedicated to his Memory, by the Engraver & Publisher W. Holl. 22, Bayham Street, Camden Town. [c.1820.]
Stipple, 200 x 150mm. 8 x 6". Trimmed close to platemark.
Oval commemorative portrait of Sir Richard Croft (1762 - 1818), accoucheur (Obstetrics). In 1817 he was selected to attend the Princess Charlotte in her confinement. Charlotte's death after giving birth to a stillborn son (5-6 Nov. 1817) led to an angry outburst of public feeling against Croft, who appears to have had the entire actual conduct of the labour, although Dr. Baillie as physician, and Dr. Sims as consulting accoucheur, were at hand. The princess, it seems, was bled frequently during her pregnancy, no lady or nurse about her had been a mother, she was allowed to become exhausted without being duly aided, and all the physicians had retired to rest very soon after the birth was complete. That Croft was not too skilful and rather self-confident appears evident. Overcome with depression and despair at the blame cast upon him, although the royal family were most considerate and sympathetic towards him, he shot himself on 13 February 1818.
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