This detailed picture is an original steel engraving. It was published in 1854 in "The Illustrated London News". It shows the The Royal Earlswood Hospital or The Royal Earlswood Asylum for Idiots in Redhill, Surrey. It was the first establishment to cater specifically for people with developmental disabilities. Previously they had been housed either in asylums for the mentally ill or in workhouses. The building was entirely financed by public subscription and Queen Victoria subscribed 250 guineas in the name of Edward Prince of Wales, who became a life member. Prince Albert took a special interest from the beginning. He laid the foundation stone in June 1853 and opened the Asylum in June 1855. In 1862 Queen Victoria conferred a Royal Charter on the asylum. The reverse side of the engraving is a page of the "The Illustrated London News" of March 11th 1854. It would look even more beautiful when framed in a simple frame.
Published : London, England 1854
Size : circa 10 1/2 x 16 inches
Condition: Very good condition with nice color and light tanning giving it a vintage look. Please see pictures
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