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Mental Condition Drawings of William Bartholomew

John Bartholomew Senior's brother William (18191881) was also trained in the engraving trade.  He worked for his father, George and in the Edinburgh Ordnance Survey office before succumbing to mental illness. From the mid-1850s he was permanently resident in the Crichton Royal Institute in Dumfries. In the late 1870s was transferred to the Royal Edinburgh Asylum. Some remarkable full-size pen-and-ink drawings by him survive from the time that he was institutionalized. They show patients suffering from a wide range of medical conditions. Here are four of them: THEOMANIA Extatica, MELANCHOLIA, FATUITY and MANIA Delusion.

William Bartholomew  ink drawing - THEOMANIA Extatica William Bartholomew  ink drawing - MELANCHOLIA
William Bartholomew  ink drawing - FATUITY William Bartholomew  ink drawing - MANIA Delusion

 

 

 

 

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