Book Description
MIDDLESEX HOUSE, HACKNEY ROAD For the Reception of Insane Persons. Where the Friends and Guardians of those so unhappily afflicted will find a comfortable Situation and every means made use of to restore them to a return of their Senses, to which many who have been plac’d in the House have happily attained. Ashby Junr. Sculpt, 1797. Broadsheet, 380 x 300 laid down on stiff card, in excellent condition, printed intaglio in four colours. “A Physician of eminence attends to give his advice who inspects & directs the means to be made use of to expedite a perfect Cure.” “The Situation is pleasant, the Apartments commodious & airy and the Vicinity to London renders it an object worthy of particular attention by Persons having Friends to place out.” “The terms are moderate and may be known by applying as above.” “N.B. An Excellent Shower Bath.”
Dealer Notes
Not listed in ESTC. A rare large format advert for a private lunatic asylum and a rare example of eighteenth century colour printing.
Prior to the County Asylums Act of 1808 and the completion of the first public asylum at Hanwell, Middlesex in 1831, lunatics from wealthy families were placed in the care of private asylums like this one and their estates passed to the management of relatives or friends by Acts of Parliament; a system which frequently led to abuse.
Date 1797

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