'St Luke's Hospital', print, London, 1809

Made:
1809 in London
maker:
Ackermann and Company
Acquatint engraving, published 1808, showing the womens building at St Lukes Hospital for Lunatics, Londons oldest Aquatint by Stadler, after Rowlandson and Pugin, from Ackermann's 'Repository of Arts' (1808). St Lukes Hospital for

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Acquatint engraving, published 1808, showing the womens building at St Lukes Hospital for Lunatics, Londons oldest
Science Museum Group Collection
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Aquatint by Stadler, after Rowlandson and Pugin, from Ackermann's 'Repository of Arts' (1808). St Lukes Hospital for
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

print. aquatint, col. St. Luke's Hospital. J.C. Stadler after Pugin. [women in asylum interior] Ackerman's Repository of Arts. plate 77. overall: 27x32cm; platemark: 23.5x27.5cm

The original St Luke’s Hospital for Lunatics was founded in 1751 to relieve the pressure on London’s other major asylum, Bethlem Hospital. This image shows the second St Lukes, which was built in Old Street, London, in 1786. Although this print shows women literally tearing out their hair and rocking backwards and forwards, St Luke’s was one of the first medical teaching hospitals where mental disorders were actively studied.

This print was made from an original painting by Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827), in association with French architect and draughtsman Augustine Pugin (1762-1832). It was engraved by John Stadler (active 1780-1812) and printed by Rudolph Ackermann (1764-1834), a German printer, as part a famous series of images called 'Microcosm of London.'

Details

Category:
Art
Object Number:
1987-700/2
Materials:
aquatint and paper
type:
print
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Grosvenor Prints