View of old Bethlem Hospital, as represented in Maitland's History of London. 1772.
A rare lithograph. 380 x 560mm. 15 x 22". Tear into right-hand margin.
View of Old Bethlehem Hospital, Moorfields. The Bethlem Royal Hospital of London (now located in Bromley, south east London), which has been variously known as St. Mary Bethlehem, Bethlem Hospital, Bethlehem Hospital and Bedlam, was one of Europe's first and most notorious psychiatric hospitals. The word Bedlam has long been used for lunatic asylums in general, and later for a scene of uproar and confusion. In 1815, Bedlam was moved to St George's Fields, Southwark, into buildings designed by Sydney Smirke now used to house the Imperial War Museum. From a plate used in William Maitland's (c.1693–1757) 'History of London from Its Foundation to the Present Time'.
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