The Sick Bed

by H. Lessing

The Sick Bed

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Poverty as well as sickness is presented in this picture which was included at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893.

We can determine that the young girl is from a poor family by the surroundings shown in the painting. Her bed is just a simple cot, and a wooden chest has been placed beside the bed to hold the medicine and the Bible. The slant of the ceiling tells us that it is an attic room.

The sympathetic doctor is holding the weak hand of his charity patient and thinking of the seriousness of her situation. He has done all that he can do, and very likely will receive no pay for his services, but his heart is tender and he is willing to help.

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