This stone statue of Hygeia can be seen on the main façade of the College, in the centre of the portico, flanked by the statues of Hippocrates and Asklepios.

These three statues were sculpted in a classicised style by Alexander Ritchie. Hygeia is distinguished by Ritchie's incorporation of the two symbols with which she is most associated, namely the bowl (which she holds in one hand) and the snake (which is entwined on her other arm).


Hygeia (sometimes spelled Hygieia) was the daughter of Asklepios and sister of Panacea in classical mythology. She personified health and was one of the most important gods in the pantheon alongside her father with whom she was associated in cult.