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Dame Laura Knight and the nude controversy

Pearl Johnson by Laura Knight, 1927 "Pearl Johnson, a long-serving John Hopkins nurse who soon became a friend. An energetic campaigner against segregation, Johnson took Knight to lectures and concerts to observe this early phase of the Civil Rights movement."

Whittington Hospital, Archway Wing, Archway Road, Holloway c 1972. Originally the Holborn & Finsbury Union Workhouse Infirmary

Illustration of Bedlam, by William Hogarth, 1735. Human curiosities proved just as exciting to the public. For decades, London’s hospital for the insane – Bethlehem, or Bedlam – attracted queues of gawping sightseers, who were eager to watch the behaviour of inmates afflicted with mental illnesses. [British Library]