15 September - 16 January
Before and After
Photographic studies of psychiatric patients taken by Henry Hering in the 19th century. In partnership with Bethlem Museum of the Mind.
Between 1857 and 1859 Regent Street portrait photographer Henry Hering made several visits to Bethlem Royal Hospital, then at St George’s Fields, Southwark. He photographed several patients on the general wards as well as in its criminal department. It is likely that he was attempting to document what was then known as the “physiognomy of insanity”, though no record of his intentions has been kept. Whatever his purpose, the enduring result is a striking record of institutional life in mid-Victorian Britain.
Come and explore the work of Henry Hering in a lunchtime talk at Maudsley Long Gallery.
Tuesday 11 October 12.15 – 13.00
Meet at the chapel/sanctuary end of the Maudsley Long Gallery. No need to register.
Society photographer Henry Hering usually photographed politicians, aristocrats and celebrities from the arts - even Queen Victoria herself. It is therefore surprising that between 1857 and 1859 he made several visits to Bethlem Royal Hospital, then at St George’s Fields, Southwark. Hering photographed patients on the general wards as well as in its criminal department producing images which are quite unlike those from later periods of asylum photography He may have been attempting to document what was then known as the ‘physiognomy of insanity’ or to illustrate the success of a new approach at Bethlem, though no record of his intentions has been kept. Whatever his purpose, the enduring result is a striking record of institutional life in mid-Victorian Britain.
Be guided by Bethlem Museum of the Mind Director, Caroline Smith on a journey through the life and work of Henry Hering. In partnership with Bethlem Museum of the Mind.
About Maudsley Long Gallery
Maudsley Long Gallery was established in 2013 following a grant from the Maudsley Charity. The gallery space uses a reclaimed staff corridor that was previously locked and unused. The space is now open to everyone.
How to find the Maudsley Long Gallery
Enter the Maudsley Hospital through the main entrance on Denmark Hill. Turn left past the reception desk and follow the signs to the Long Gallery.
The Maudsley Long Gallery
020 3228 2830
Open daily from 8am to 7pm.
Find out more about visiting Maudsley Hospital
The Long Gallery team meet annually (in July) to plan exhibitions for the following year. There are four exhibitions a year. We tend to prioritise SLaM service user art however we take applications from everyone. If you're thinking about exhibiting why not take a look at the layout of the gallery (PDF).
You can find a selection of films relating to exhibitions from the Maudsley Long Gallery on our You Tube channel
Applications to exhibit can be made by email to: email@example.com