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Madness Collection

"Exploring the Depths of Madness: From Hogarth's Gin Lane to Van Gogh's Asylum" Step into a world where madness reigns, as depicted by artists throughout history

Background imageMadness Collection: Hogarth, Gin Lane

Hogarth, Gin Lane. A political print supporting a ministerial measure against the unlimited sale of gin (which later became the Gin Act)

Background imageMadness Collection: A clinical lecture by Dr. Charcot at the Salpetriere in 1887

A clinical lecture by Dr. Charcot at the Salpetriere in 1887
JLJ4686225 A clinical lecture by Dr. Charcot at the Salpetriere in 1887. Students of the department of Professor Jean Martin Charcot (1825-1893) who explains the case of Blanche Wittman

Background imageMadness Collection: Moon Madness

Moon Madness
Dreamy scene of ladies dancing in the moonlight

Background imageMadness Collection: Alice and the Cheshire Cat

Alice and the Cheshire Cat -- We re all mad here, said the Cat. I m mad. You re mad

Background imageMadness Collection: William Hogarth Gin Lane

William Hogarth Gin Lane
Vintage engraving of showing a scene from William Hogarths Beer Street and Gin Lane. They depict the evils of the consumption of gin as a contrast to the merits of drinking beer

Background imageMadness Collection: Irish Drunk Pat and his drinking logic

Irish Drunk Pat and his drinking logic
Tourist - " I say Pat, why do you always take beer and whiskey Mixed?" Pat - " Shure, yer Anner, if oi dhrink beer oi get full before oi m dhrunk

Background imageMadness Collection: Melancholy and raving madness, Bedlam Hospital

Melancholy and raving madness, Bedlam Hospital
The figures of melancholy and raving madness over the gateway into Bethlehem(Bedlam)Hospital. Statues by the Danish sculptor Caius Gabriel Cibber Date: 1813

Background imageMadness Collection: English Lunacy - A man dressed as a chicken running wild and free across a field and up a small hill

English Lunacy - A man dressed as a chicken running wild and free across a field and up a small hill

Background imageMadness Collection: Erik XIV of Sweden (1533-1577). King of Sweden

Erik XIV of Sweden (1533-1577). King of Sweden (1560-1568). Engraving

Background imageMadness Collection: The Roman Emperor Caligula entertaining his favourite horse, Incitatus, at supper (engraving)

The Roman Emperor Caligula entertaining his favourite horse, Incitatus, at supper (engraving)
7148832 The Roman Emperor Caligula entertaining his favourite horse, Incitatus, at supper (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageMadness Collection: A Rakes Progress, 1763; plate VIII of VIII. Artist: William Hogarth

A Rakes Progress, 1763; plate VIII of VIII. Artist: William Hogarth
A Rakes Progress, 1763; plate VIII of VIII. True to his nature Tom Rakewell has run through a vast fortune through indulgence in all the luxuries of modern living

Background imageMadness Collection: Ophelia, 1894 (oil on canvas)

Ophelia, 1894 (oil on canvas)
CH35175 Ophelia, 1894 (oil on canvas) by Waterhouse, John William (1849-1917); 124.4x73.6 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; English, out of copyright

Background imageMadness Collection: The Madhouse (Asylum). Artist: Goya, Francisco, de (1746-1828)

The Madhouse (Asylum). Artist: Goya, Francisco, de (1746-1828)
The Madhouse (Asylum). Found in the collection of Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid

Background imageMadness Collection: Vestibule of Asylum, 1889. Artist: Vincent van Gogh

Vestibule of Asylum, 1889. Artist: Vincent van Gogh
Vestibule of Asylum, 1889. From the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Background imageMadness Collection: 0035 002

0035 002
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Background imageMadness Collection: 7335548

7335548

Background imageMadness Collection: 2nd illustrated page of an edition of 'Praise of Folly' by Didier Erasmus (1469 - 1536)

2nd illustrated page of an edition of "Praise of Folly" by Didier Erasmus (1469 - 1536), Edition of Leiden
AIS5354617 2nd illustrated page of an edition of "Praise of Folly" by Didier Erasmus (1469 - 1536), Edition of Leiden

Background imageMadness Collection: The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha (Quixotte - Quijote)

The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha (Quixotte - Quijote) by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)
PCT4279477 The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha (Quixotte - Quijote) by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616): the knight has the sad figure made cabrioles " putting naked certain things

Background imageMadness Collection: First class 'Dotty' certificate presented to (colour litho)

First class "Dotty" certificate presented to (colour litho)
8656807 First class "Dotty" certificate presented to (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: For eccentricity)

Background imageMadness Collection: Just crazy about you (colour litho)

Just crazy about you (colour litho)
8656745 Just crazy about you (colour litho) by Richardson, Agnes (1854-1937); Private Collection; (add.info.: "Sweetest. Just crazy about you." Girl and a dog)

Background imageMadness Collection: Illustration for The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn (litho)

Illustration for The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn (litho)
8663420 Illustration for The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn (litho) by Robinson, William Heath (1872-1944) ; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageMadness Collection: Illustration for The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn (litho)

Illustration for The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn (litho)
8663449 Illustration for The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn (litho) by Robinson, William Heath (1872-1944) ; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageMadness Collection: Illustration for The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn (litho)

Illustration for The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn (litho)
8663419 Illustration for The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn (litho) by Robinson, William Heath (1872-1944) ; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageMadness Collection: The Madness of Hugo van der Goes (litho)

The Madness of Hugo van der Goes (litho)
8661146 The Madness of Hugo van der Goes (litho) by Wauters, Emile Charles (1846-1933); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Madness of Hugo van der Goes)

Background imageMadness Collection: A motorcyclist barely escaped at the intersection of two steam locomotives, crossing the railways

A motorcyclist barely escaped at the intersection of two steam locomotives, crossing the railways, around 1900
NWI4963370 A motorcyclist barely escaped at the intersection of two steam locomotives, crossing the railways, around 1900. Illustration by William Harnden Foster (1886-1941)

Background imageMadness Collection: Representation de l'attitude d'une femme hysterique en plein crise (woman with hysteria crisis)

Representation de l'attitude d'une femme hysterique en plein crise (woman with hysteria crisis)
ELD4966066 Representation de l'attitude d'une femme hysterique en plein crise (woman with hysteria crisis) engraving from "La medecine illustree" by Doctor Gerard 1887; Private

Background imageMadness Collection: A: the fool (Ridens or Ridulus, fatuus) - The Alphabet of Death, c.1856 (engraving)

A: the fool (Ridens or Ridulus, fatuus) - The Alphabet of Death, c.1856 (engraving)
DUV4221987 A: the fool (Ridens or Ridulus, fatuus) - The Alphabet of Death, c.1856 (engraving); 8x23 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Drawing by H)

Background imageMadness Collection: Solomon's Idolatry: Painting by Pagani

Solomon's Idolatry: Painting by Pagani
JEB4891672 Solomon's Idolatry: Painting by Pagani; Palais de Longchamp, Marseille, France; (add.info.: Bourgey Montreuil Collection); © Jean Bernard. All rights reserved 2023

Background imageMadness Collection: Patients in the courtyard of the asylum of Blackwell's Island Lunatic Asylum, New York, USA, 1860s

Patients in the courtyard of the asylum of Blackwell's Island Lunatic Asylum, New York, USA, 1860s
NWI4953411 Patients in the courtyard of the asylum of Blackwell's Island Lunatic Asylum, New York, USA, 1860s. 19th century color engraving.; (add.info)

Background imageMadness Collection: A patient playing violin in a room at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum in London in the 1860s

A patient playing violin in a room at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum in London in the 1860s
NWI4953615 A patient playing violin in a room at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum in London in the 1860s. Colour engraving after a 19th century illustration.; (add.info)

Background imageMadness Collection: Letter N: This great frightened devil who holds like a lichen to the earth is a large N

Letter N: This great frightened devil who holds like a lichen to the earth is a large N, 1861 (engraving)
DUV4214887 Letter N: This great frightened devil who holds like a lichen to the earth is a large N, 1861 (engraving); (add.info.: "ABC Trim, Alphabet enchante" Texts of "Trim")

Background imageMadness Collection: the insane women

the insane women
3729927 the insane women; (add.info.: the insane women, Insanity, craziness, or madness, by N. Attanasio, illustration published in 1880.); Bildagentur-online/UIG

Background imageMadness Collection: Jules VERNE, ... I came face to face with a traveler (engraving)

Jules VERNE, ... I came face to face with a traveler (engraving)
6202927 Jules VERNE, ... I came face to face with a traveler (engraving); (add.info.: Jules VERNE (February 8, 1828-March 24, 1905) "

Background imageMadness Collection: Horrible suicide of a madman - Cover of 'The Eye of the Police', 1912 (engraving)

Horrible suicide of a madman - Cover of "The Eye of the Police", 1912 (engraving)
ICA4950108 Horrible suicide of a madman - Cover of "The Eye of the Police", 1912 (engraving); Private Collection; Photo © Caricadoc

Background imageMadness Collection: Representation de l'attitude d'une femme hysterique en plein crise (woman with hysteria crisis)

Representation de l'attitude d'une femme hysterique en plein crise (woman with hysteria crisis)
ELD4966064 Representation de l'attitude d'une femme hysterique en plein crise (woman with hysteria crisis) engraving from "La medecine illustree" by Doctor Gerard 1887; Private

Background imageMadness Collection: Strength tank used to restrict the movements of fools in New York, United States, 1870 years

Strength tank used to restrict the movements of fools in New York, United States, 1870 years
NWI4953304 Strength tank used to restrict the movements of fools in New York, United States, 1870 years. 19th century color engraving.; (add.info)

Background imageMadness Collection: Norris chained up in his cell for 12 years. New York, 1870s. Representation of the treatment of

Norris chained up in his cell for 12 years. New York, 1870s. Representation of the treatment of the mentally ill in
NWI4954118 Norris chained up in his cell for 12 years. New York, 1870s. Representation of the treatment of the mentally ill in prison in the United States at the end of the 19th century

Background imageMadness Collection: The madness of Charles VI (1368 - 1422) August 5, 1392, in the forest of Le Mans

The madness of Charles VI (1368 - 1422) August 5, 1392, in the forest of Le Mans
ELD4926966 The madness of Charles VI (1368 - 1422) August 5, 1392, in the forest of Le Mans. Epinal picture 19th century (engraving); Private Collection; Photo © The Holbarn Archive

Background imageMadness Collection: Portrait of the Italian poet Torquato Tasso dit le Mupe (1544-1595)

Portrait of the Italian poet Torquato Tasso dit le Mupe (1544-1595) dans l'asile d'alienes de sainte-anne a
ELD4920406 Portrait of the Italian poet Torquato Tasso dit le Mupe (1544-1595) dans l'asile d'alienes de sainte-anne a Ferrara

Background imageMadness Collection: William Shakespeare: The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act III, Scene 1 (litho)

William Shakespeare: The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act III, Scene 1 (litho)
8648409 William Shakespeare: The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act III, Scene 1 (litho) by Sullivan, Edmund Joseph (1869-1933) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Tragedy of Hamlet)

Background imageMadness Collection: Caesonia giving Caligula a love potion, which made him mad (engraving)

Caesonia giving Caligula a love potion, which made him mad (engraving)
8639538 Caesonia giving Caligula a love potion, which made him mad (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Caesonia giving Caligula a love potion)

Background imageMadness Collection: Illustration for The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn (litho)

Illustration for The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn (litho)
8663414 Illustration for The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn (litho) by Robinson, William Heath (1872-1944) ; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageMadness Collection: A silent audience (engraving)

A silent audience (engraving)
8652574 A silent audience (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A silent audience. Illustration for Home Words (1885).); © Look and Learn

Background imageMadness Collection: From Dottyville (litho)

From Dottyville (litho)
8663024 From Dottyville (litho) by May, Phil (1864-1903); Private Collection; (add.info.: From Dottyville. Illustration for Sketches from "Punch" by Phil May (Punch)

Background imageMadness Collection: Illustration for The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn (litho)

Illustration for The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn (litho)
8663412 Illustration for The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn (litho) by Robinson, William Heath (1872-1944) ; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageMadness Collection: Another from Dottyville (litho)

Another from Dottyville (litho)
8663025 Another from Dottyville (litho) by May, Phil (1864-1903); Private Collection; (add.info.: Another from Dottyville)

Background imageMadness Collection: Lycurgus made mad by Bacchus, 1650-52 (wall tempera painting)

Lycurgus made mad by Bacchus, 1650-52 (wall tempera painting)
8683549 Lycurgus made mad by Bacchus, 1650-52 (wall tempera painting) by Boulanger, Jean (1606-c.1680); Palazzo Ducale Estense, Sassuolo, Emilia Romagna, Italy; (add.info.: Sassuolo)

Background imageMadness Collection: Illustration for The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn (litho)

Illustration for The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn (litho)
8663413 Illustration for The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn (litho) by Robinson, William Heath (1872-1944) ; Private Collection; (add.info)



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"Exploring the Depths of Madness: From Hogarth's Gin Lane to Van Gogh's Asylum" Step into a world where madness reigns, as depicted by artists throughout history. In Hogarth's iconic "Gin Lane, " we witness the devastating consequences of excessive alcohol consumption on society. The moon casts an eerie glow, fueling Moon Madness and distorting reality. Venturing further down the rabbit hole, Alice encounters the enigmatic Cheshire Cat, whose mischievous grin embodies the essence itself. Meanwhile, in England's Lunacy era, a man dressed as a chicken runs wild across fields and hills, embodying both absurdity and freedom. William Hogarth returns with "A Rake's Progress, " illustrating the descent into melancholy and raving madness within Bedlam Hospital walls. Erik XIV of Sweden also succumbs to insanity during his reign—a reminder that even kings are not immune to its grip. Irish Drunk Pat stumbles through life with his drinking logic, blurring lines between reason and chaos. Ophelia floats amidst flowers in her tragic demise—an embodiment of fragile sanity shattered by heartbreak. Goya takes us inside The Madhouse (Asylum), exposing humanity at its most vulnerable state—struggling against inner demons while society looks away. Vincent van Gogh invites us into the Vestibule of Asylum; brushstrokes convey swirling emotions that mirror his own battle with mental illness. In these artistic depictions lies a fascination with madness—a reflection of our collective curiosity about what lies beyond rationality’s boundaries. They remind us that within this realm exists both tragedy and beauty—an exploration worth undertaking for those brave enough to delve into its depths.