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Bethlem Hospital

Photo credit: Coram in the care of the Foundling Museum

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The original Bethlem Hospital was founded at Bishopsgate in 1247 as the Priory of Saint Mary of Bethlehem. The institution treated the mentally ill from the fourteenth century onwards. In 1547 it became the Royal Bethlem Hospital, one of five hospitals refounded after the Reformation. At this time the Hospital came under the direct control of the City of London. In 1676 the Hospital was relocated to a new site at Moorfields.

The Foundling Museum

London

  • Date

    1746

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    55.8 x 55.8 cm

  • Accession number

    FM26

  • Acquisition method

    presented by the artist, 1746

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