Portrait of Dr. William Kerr (born 1738, died 1824).
by Thomas Phillips.
Portrait shows Kerr seated with the new Northampton Hospital
visible in the background.
On his desk are plans of the new hospital, which he helped build in 1793.
A letter from Lady Northampton
to her daughter,
dated 10 May 1812, says:
"Yesterday we spent at Northampton as we dined with Dr & Mrs Kerr; as it was the election for a surgeon to the Hospital we went early.
Next Saturday your father will attend at the hospital to propose they should request Dr Kerr to set for his picture & to convene a meeting of the Governors for the purpose; but I do not mean to go to Northampton with him."
Lady Northampton writes again on 24 June 1812:
"Philips I believe will be the painter employed to take the Doctor's picture.
My Lord must attend again the hospital meeting on Saturday about this said picture".
Dr. William Kerr.
Northampton Hospital in background.
This is the original portrait.
[Cox and Serjeantson, 1897]
said the original portrait was then
in the committee room at
says it is still at
Northampton General Hospital.
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