|A Convalescent (1876) James Tissot|
|A Convalescent John Kenworthy|
*Cough Cough* Yes, I'm terribly ill and that is in no way linked to how good my book is. Can I have a medicinal ice cream?
|Convalescent (Emma) (1872) Ford Madox Brown|
|The Convalescent (1884) Francis Tattegrain|
|The Convalescent (1898) Philip Wilson Steer|
|Getting Better (1876) J E Millais|
The Victorians loved a good convalescing picture, for obvious reasons that the threat of sudden illness was perceptively more commonplace. There are scores of poorly children pictures like this one by Millais. I always thought that the little girl doesn't look that pleased to see her friends. Maybe this is because the girl with her back to us is saying 'Oh, yeah, while you've been in bed I've scoffed all your sweets and nicked your boyfriend. Soz.' Soon as the little girl has got over the consumption, she'll be visiting her friend with 'a punch up the bracket' as my Nan used to say.
|The Convalescent (1879) Helen Allingham|
If you were poorly, you rarely got to be left alone, with scores of helpful relatives to stay by your side and read to you. It all looks very pleasant and peaceful in Helen Allingham's picture, with lovely bright daffodils signifying the renewed health of the little girl and the happy slumbering of both patient and companion.
|The Nurse Lawrence Alma Tadema|
I guess that on some occasions you got read to whether you liked it or not. Alma Tadema's patient looks a little like she wants to keep pulling that curtain. Maybe it's what the nurse is reading? 'Hi, I'm your reader for today, I've brough It by Stephen King or Fifty Shades of Grey, your choice...'
|The Physician's Visit Ignacio y Escosura|
Look, I don't mean to cast aspertions on this doctor's abilities but how exactly does the massive lute help anyone? I take it that is what the young man is holding, not some medical instrument - 'Open up and say Ah....' - doesn't bare thinking about, although we've all been there. Now this young lady has a foot pillow and a tiger skin rug. A snarling rug does lend a whole 'I'm ill but don't mess with me!' air to procedings.
|Always Welcome Laura Alma Tadema|
If only my beloved friend lived nearer then I could nip by and see her and sit on her bed like a tiny whimsical child (although with reference to my ability to do anything in a 'tiny and whimsical' manner, that ship has sailed many years ago). I love her little shoes, they are so nifty. I hope the little girl isn't looking after her mother - when my daughter does that it is brutal. She does ensure we get better really quickly at the hands of Tiny Nurse Ratched.
|The Convalescent (1874) Jules Saintin|
So here is wishing my darling one a good book, a comfy chair and a speedy recovery. If possible a nice outdoor rug and wicker chaise would not go a miss, but mainly I send all my love and healing thoughts. Get better soon!