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Interior-detail of fireplace and doorway in Great Hall of Craig House

SC 701975

Description Interior-detail of fireplace and doorway in Great Hall of Craig House

Date 1895

Collection Bedford Lemere and Company

Catalogue Number SC 701975

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of BL 13225

Scope and Content Chimneypiece in the Great Hall, Craighouse Mental Asylum, Craighouse Road, Edinburgh (latterly the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and presently part of Napier University) Craighouse Mental Asylum, a huge chateau designed by the architect, Sydney Mitchell, was built in 1889-94 as new hospital premises for the Royal Edinburgh Asylum. The Great Hall, a general amusement room for patients, was photographed in 1895 by the architectural photographer, Harry Bedford Lemere. This brown stone chimneypiece has a hood panelled in alabaster, and a central medallion depicting the profile of Dr Thomas Clouston. The three square panels in the lintel below are carved with coats-of-arms representing the Royal College of Physicians (left), Clouston (centre), and the University of Edinburgh (right). Dr Thomas Clouston (1840-1915) was physician superintendent at Craighouse. He published what became the standard textbook on mental diseases, and held the first lectureship in Psychiatry at Edinburgh University, the first time psychiatry had been recognised as a field of knowledge in its own right. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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