Hospital staff, group photo, c. 1900

Hospital staff, c. 1900

In this photo, which shows a group of nurses and a physician in a white lab coat arranged symmetrically around Matron in her dark dress without apron, we see degrees of personal expression in the way hair is styled, and the starched cap is arranged, reflecting the fashion at the time. The composition of this particular group portrait is particularly expressive with regards to the hierarchies within the hospital.

Image courtesy of Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.