Hampstead – Royal Free Hospital – Pisces Major

There is rarely a bonus when making an unscheduled trip to a hospital, even when only visiting a patient but my recent trip to the Royal Free provided me with the unexpected sight of some public art outside the main entrance. In all the years I have visited the Royal Free I had never noticed these before.

The most obvious (yet I had previously missed it!) piece is called Pisces Major by Jesse Watkins.

Pisces outside The Royal Free (LR)
Pisces by Jesse Watkins


Jesse Watkins (1899-1980) was a British sculptor who worked on the periphery of the New Generation Sculpture Movement in the 1960s. New generation sculpture were a group of young British sculptors working in the 1960s who experimented with materials, forms and colours with the shared aim of ridding sculpture of its traditional base. New Generation was the title used for a series of exhibitions of painting and sculpture by young British artists held at the Whitechapel Gallery in London in the early 1960s.

Pisces Royal Free description

Jesse was awarded a silver medal by the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 1968. He received several commissions from the Royal Free Hospital and the Medical School in London.



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