Portraits of patients at Victorian lunatic asylum treated for 'mania and melancholia' | Daily Mail Online

Portraits of patients at Victorian lunatic asylum treated for 'mania and melancholia' | Daily Mail Online

ca. 1850, [Ambrotype portrait of an Ojibwa gentleman with goggles and a hair piece], by Whitney or Upton of St. Paul, Minnesota.  via Behold Auction Gallery.

ca. 1850, [Ambrotype portrait of an Ojibwa gentleman with goggles and a hair piece], by Whitney or Upton of St. Paul, Minnesota. via Behold Auction Gallery.

Portraits of new arrivals were used as a marker of a child's progress in the Society. Case studies of some children appeared in the newsletter 'Our Waifs and Strays' describing how they had been transformed from a 'potential street loafer' into a productive member of society. These studies were often illustrated with 'before and after' photographs, contrasting their ragged past with their new-found respectability.

Portraits of new arrivals were used as a marker of a child's progress in the Society. Case studies of some children appeared in the newsletter 'Our Waifs and Strays' describing how they had been transformed from a 'potential street loafer' into a productive member of society. These studies were often illustrated with 'before and after' photographs, contrasting their ragged past with their new-found respectability.

Antique Framed Portrait  Victorian Portrait on by AndOnToWillow

Antique Framed Portrait Victorian Portrait on by AndOnToWillow

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