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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.
oil on canvas
55.8 x 55.8 cm
presented by the artist, 1746
The Foundling Museum
40 Brunswick Square, London, Greater London WC1N 1AZ EnglandView venue
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