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Melancholy Madness
Melancholy Madness
Melancholy Madness
Melancholy Madness
Melancholy Madness
Melancholy Madness
Melancholy Madness
Melancholy Madness

Photo credit: Bethlem Museum of the Mind

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This was displayed, together with its pair, ‘Raving Madness’, on the entrance portico of Bethlem Hospital from 1676 to 1815, during which time it was a significant London landmark. The two figures demonstrate the difference between raving and melancholy madness, which was how mental illness was characterised at the time. Flaccid and apathetic, ‘Melancholy Madness’ is purposeless and disengaged from the world. Bethlem was one of the world’s oldest hospitals treating mental illness. This statue was probably placed at the entrance to urge passers-by to donate to the hospital.

Bethlem Museum of the Mind



Melancholy Madness




Portland stone


H 85 x W 173 x D 74 cm

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Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX England

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