A Sister of Charity Serving a Patient at the Hospice de Beaune

Unknown maker, Frenchabout 1848

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The photographer of this image demonstrated a comfortable familiarity with the subject and must have made frequent visits to this famous hospital, built in France in the 1400s.

The beatific face of the young nurse in her crisp white uniform contrasts with the time-worn features of her aged patient. Placing one hand on his shoulder to comfort him and holding a bowl in her other, the nurse demonstrates her vocation before the photographer's lens, which has envisioned her as a merciful angel.

Show lessRead more


  • Title: A Sister of Charity Serving a Patient at the Hospice de Beaune
  • Creator: Unknown maker, French
  • Date: about 1848
  • Physical Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.1 cm (4 7/8 x 3 9/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Daguerreotype, hand-colored
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Cased object
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.XT.404.6
  • Inscription: Secondary Inscription: Inscribed on backing, at upper left corner, in ink: "Coll. Braive".
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Photographs


Translate with Google