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Portraits of Female Melancholy
February 14, 2011, 4:27 pm
Filed under: Mental health | Tags: , , ,

A wander into the Wellcome Library’s rather great archives uncovered these stirring images…

A woman diagnosed as suffering from melancholia. 1890.

A portrait of “Georgina W.”. She was a domestic servant who had been admitted to the Royal Edinburgh Asylum, Morningside, in 1864, when she was aged twenty years. She was transferred in 1886 to the Craiglockhart Poorhouse, and the portrait was made when she was aged 46 years, in 1890.

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A woman diagnosed as suffering from melancholia. 1892.

 

A woman diagnosed as suffering from melancholia with fear, or fear of everything, and with a propensity to attempt suicide. 1892.

“Portrait of a female in whom delusive fear of every object and person, pan[t]aphobia, keeps her in a state of perpetual distress. It is necessary to watch her closely to prevent her committing suicide”.

 

A woman diagnosed as suffering from hilarious mania. 1892.

 

A female patient in a cell with barred windows, 1885, Bellevue Hospital, New York City.

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More details on the images here.

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