HILL, Sir Leonard Erskine

1866 - 1952

Leonard Erskine Hill

Born at Bruce Castle School, Lordship Lane, Tottenham, London on 6 June 1866, son of George Birkbek Norman Hill (1836-1903), who owned a school and his wife Annie née Scott, who married in Cheshire on 23 December 1858. Educated at Haileybury College and entered medical school at University College, London, in 1885 and was living at Osborne House, Loughton, Essex when elected a member of the Royal College of Surgeons and of the Royal College of Physician on 9 August 1889. He married at Hampstead, London in 1891, Janet Alexander and in 1911 a 34 year old physician & physiocogist, living at Jasmine Cottage, Frognal, Hampstead with his 32 year old wife Janet and their four children, Martin S. 7, Leonard B. 4, Austin B. 3 and Margaret J. 1, all born at Hampstead. Director, Department of Applied Physiology, University of London when dubbed Knight Bachelor on 13 June 1930. He was an accomplished artist and founded the Medical Art Society in 1935. After befriending a Japanese artist, many Japanese sought him when they visited London. This resulted in three successful exhibitions of his paintings in Japan,
where his painting of a turkey created quite a sensation. The Dictionary of British Artists notes that he exhibited eight pieces of art with the International Society, three with the London Salon, two with the Royal Society of British Artists, one with the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, and two with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He wrote a collection of stories published as 'The Monkey Moo Book' and had previously penned and illustrated a collection of fairy tales entitled 'The Scarecrow and Other Fairy Tales' and wrote ten medical books. Hill had retired to Lothingland, Suffolk and died suddenly of a cerebral thrombosis on 30 March 1952, survived by his wife and four of his five children.

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