Filed under: Mental health | Tags: depression, melancholy, Wellcome Library, women
A wander into the Wellcome Library’s rather great archives uncovered these stirring images…
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.
“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”.
More details on the images here.
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