The Hospital of Bethlem [Bedlam] at Moorfields, London: seen from the north, with ladies and gentlemen walking in the foreground. Engraving by B. Cole.

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This is the second building of Bethlem Hospital [Bedlam], built in 1675-1676 in Moorfields, London. In 1814-1815 the hospital removed to St. George's Fields, Southwark, and the Moorfields building was subsequently demolished

This print shows the first state of Bethlem, as built in 1675-6, before the addition of the side pavilions. Cole has taken liberties with the gate statuary, showing a lion and unicorn couchant rather than the figures by Cibber of melancholy madness and raving madness

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1 print : engraving ; image and border 17 x 28.3 cm


Bedlam in Moorfields ; B. Cole sculp.

References note

Not in B. Adams, London illustrated, London, 1983


Wellcome Collection 25623i


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