Bethlem Royal Hospital (lunatic asylum), men’s gallery

#Picture Number SO190

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Victorian illustration to download showing the men’s gallery in Bethlem Royal Hospital, Southwark, a lunatic asylum. The long room is airy and well-lit, with flowers in hanging baskets, pictures and portrait busts on the walls, Wardian cases with ferns on window-sills, pet dogs and a cat, and a large aviary. The inmates are calm; some play chess, read newspapers and books, smoke pipes, and play an accordion and a violin. However, some are solitary and look troubled. Bethlem (or Bedlam) has moved and been re-built many times. This building, completed in 1815 and extended in 1845, now houses the Imperial War Museum.