The Broadgate Venus (1990) by Fernando Botero, Exchange Square

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Ravi’s poor, tortured sister Venus still lying within what were the grounds of the first Bethlem Royal Hospital.

William Hogarth "A Rake’s Progress" plate 8 "The Mad House"

William Hogarth "A Rake’s Progress" plate 8 "The Mad House"

Finally insane and violent, in the eighth engraving, Tom Rakewell ends his days in the Bethlem Royal Hospital (Bedlam). Only Sarah Young is there to comfort him but Rakewell continues to ignore her. The fashionably dressed women in this plate have come to the asylum as a social occasion, to be entertained by the bizarre antics of the inmates.

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