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Picturing Psychosis: The Guttman-Maclay Art Collection

Explore the art collection put together by two pioneering psychiatrists in the 1930s.

Doctors Eric Guttman and Walter Maclay were psychiatrists working at the Maudsley Hospital in the 1930s and ‘40s. During this time they collected an array of patient art, illustrating their professional interests, including pictures by Louis Wain and the artwork pictured, Basil Beaumont's 'Mescaline Drawing with Snake', part of a series of experiments on drug-induced hallucinations carried out in 1936. This talk will address why and how Guttman and Maclay collected these artworks, many of which are currently on display in the museum.


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Date and Time:

1 June 2013 at 2:00 pm


30 minutes



Bethlem Museum of the Mind
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Monks Orchard Road
020 3228 4227

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The nearest station is Eden Park (London zone 5) or East Croydon. For full directions, visit our website: http://www.bethlemheritage.org.uk/plan_your_visit.asp

The Museum and the Bethlem Gallery will be open until 5pm.

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