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Patricia Frances Mary Fielden Nemon-Stuart (née Villiers-Stuart); Sir Ernst Chain; Oscar Nemon; Anna ('Nura') Sacharina

5 of 8 portraits of Sir Ernst Chain

Patricia Frances Mary Fielden Nemon-Stuart (née Villiers-Stuart); Sir Ernst Chain; Oscar Nemon; Anna ('Nura') Sacharina, by Francis Goodman, 1944 - NPG x195041 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Patricia Frances Mary Fielden Nemon-Stuart (née Villiers-Stuart); Sir Ernst Chain; Oscar Nemon; Anna ('Nura') Sacharina

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1944
Bequeathed by the estate of Francis Goodman, 1989
Photographs Collection
NPG x195041


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  • Francis Goodman (1913-1989), Photographer. Artist of 1247 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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Photographed in the garden of the Nemons' rented home at West View, Boars Hill, Oxford with a bust of Chain by Nemon in the centre of the group. Oscar Nemon's wife, Patricia had been critically ill in hospital and upon discovering that a distant acquaintance (Chain) was working on penicillin, Nemon rushed to his home, in despair. Penicillin was still at the laboratory stage, but Chain agreed to help Nemon's wife. Nemon's diary recalls: 'He brought the penicillin in its test-tube straight from the laboratory [...] The treatment was carried out in the greatest secrecy, and it saved her life.'

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