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Richard Douglas Powell (1842–1925) was a successful clinical and pathological physician. He studied medicine at University College, London, and became house physician there, working under Dr William Jenner. He later worked at Brompton Hospital, the Marylebone Dispensary, the Evelina Hospital for Sick Children and Charing Cross Hospital, before becoming physician at Middlesex Hospital.
Powell was a prominent figure in London medical societies. He was president of the Royal College of Physicians, the Clinical Society, the Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society, and the Medical Society of London. He helped secure the amalgamation of the majority of these societies into the Royal Society of Medicine in 1907.
oil on canvas
H 127 x W 101.6 cm
gift from Lady Edith Powell, 1926