Private Thomas Walker
Private Thomas Walker, by Thomas William Wood, 1856
About the painting
Private Thomas Walker by Thomas William Wood, 1856
Walker was wounded in the head by a shell burst while fighting in the Crimean War (1853–56), and underwent an operation to insert a silver plate to replace a piece of missing bone. This painting shows Walker recovering at Fort Pitt in Chatham, England, where he was visited by Queen Victoria. It was used in government propaganda as an example of a model hospital, with fresh bedding and clean clothing. At the time there was public outrage over the unsanitary conditions of hospitals in Crimea.
This painting is display in Room 1 of the Hunterian Museum.