written by: Kaja Knudson
animated by: Stephen Mangan
with support from: Commissioned by Science Gallery at King’s College London. Sculpture part of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity fine art and heritage collection.
Thomas Guy was born in Southwark in 1644 . He is best known for founding the London hospital which bears his name. From modest beginnings, he became a successful book publisher, then businessman , rising to great wealth. Guy was notoriously frugal with money yet despite this, he was deeply benevolent. Guy was granted permission to build a hospital for ‘incurables’at London Bridge and in 1722, he founded Guys Hospital . He wanted the hospital to help anyone who needed it despite lack of money . The historic buildings around the Georgian courtyard – the hall, chapel, matron’s house and surgeon’s house – are still in tact and used by the hospital. Portraits of Thomas Guy can be seen in London’s National Gallery and in the V &A
Commissioned by Science Gallery at King’s College London. Sculpture part of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity fine art and heritage collection.