Caroline Walker

Birth Reflections

Fitzrovia Chapel

Fitzroy Place, 2 Pearson Square, London W1T 3BF


17 February – 4 March 2022


Fitzrovia Chapel presents an exhibition of new large-scale paintings following Caroline Walker's recent residency at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson maternity wing at University College Hospital (UCLH), London.


These new works are inspired by a series of four paintings by Frederick Cayley Robinson, ‘The Acts of Mercy’, which originally hung in the foyer of the Middlesex Hospital, of which The Fitzrovia Chapel is now the only remaining building. 


Caroline Walker now presents three paintings at the exact same size as the Cayley Robinson’s within the chapel: ‘Theatre’, ‘Ultrasound’ and ‘Birthing Pool’, alongside two smaller paintings: ‘First Nappy Change’ and ‘Newborn Check.’ Walker is known for painting women at work and often behind the scenes, from hotel maids to her own mother, and this new series of work, capturing midwives, doctors, cleaners and mothers, continues this investigation by highlightinng an experience often shared by women.


Accompanying the display at Fitzrovia Chapel, UCLH will display ink drawings and oil sketches from Walker's time at the hospital in their ground floor exhibition space, visible externally from Euston Road, and available to view inside the hospital by appointment.


For more information about the displays at Fitzrovia and UCLH please visit the Fitzrovia website using the link below.

February 4, 2022