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The Art of Joan Gunther

Archives, Art, History

In this blog we link some of Joan Rosalind Gunther's art with the relevant notes created during her sessions with Dr Warner.

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Joan Gunther

Archives, Art, History

Joan’s art is extraordinarily vibrant and rich, full of vivid colours and shapes. As far as we know she was untrained

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Antonia White

Archives, History, Personal accounts

Antonia White is one of the most famous former patients at Bethlem. She wrote movingly of her experience at the St George’s Fields, Southwark building

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Amy Allingham

Archives, Art, History

Amy Allingham is one of the first patients in Bethlem for whom we have a image, and whose life story we have been able to trace in various records

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Portraits in Bethlem

Archives, Art, History

In the early 1840s Dr Alexander Morison, then joint physician at Bethlem, commissioned a series of portraits to illustrate his new book

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Thomas Hennell, Nature and Recovery Part 2 of 2

Archives, Art, Collection, History

Although the mural is now lost, he was said to have used colour to depict the trees and people in such a way that a passer-by mistook it for Paradise

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Thomas Hennell, Nature and Recovery Part 1 of 2

Archives, Art, Collection, History

Museum Volunteer Sophia Gal looks at artist Thomas Hennell, and his experience of mental health issues and his relationship with nature

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Margaret Nicholson in Bethlem

Archives, History

We can only speculate why Margaret ended up confronting George III and his retinue at the garden entrance to St James’s Palace with a blunt dessert knife

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Mary Ormerod

Archives, History

A warm hearted and positive person who enjoyed taking a direct approach to working with people, and who promoted patient care with great energy

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Eileen Skellern

Archives, History

Eileen Skellern was born in 1923 in Stone, Staffordshire, the eldest of three sisters.

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Doctor Mary Barkas

Archives, History

Mary Rushton Barkas was the first female doctor employed at Bethlem Royal Hospital, and became one of the first four medical assistants at the Maudsley Hospital

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James Hadfield, The French Revolution and the Redefinition of Insanity by Sophia Gal: Part Two

Archives, History

Beyond Hadfield’s lamentation for his animal friend is the story of a man who would inadvertently transform the legal perception of insanity beyond recognition

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