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Microcosm of London: Bridewell

Microcosm of London: Bridewell
Thomas Rowlandson & Augustus Pugin.
Pass-Room Bridewell.
Pugin & Rowlandson del.t et sculp.t. Hill aquat. London Pub. 1 March 1808 at R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts 101 Strand.
Aquatint with fine original hand colour, watermarked 1807.  235 x 280mm. 
Bridewell Hospital was a 'house of correction': a prison for the homeless, criminals, unmarried mothers and prostitutes. To prevent inmates re-offending and to 'correct' their wrong-doings, they were made to do hard physical labour – some were subjected to beatings. 'Bridewell' became the general name for houses of correction throughout England. The hospital remained open from 1553 to 1855.
The notice on the right hand wall reads Those who dirt their beds will be punished.
From Ackermann's 'Microcosm of London', a series of views with the figures drawn by the caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson and the buildings by architectural draughtsman Augustus Pugin.

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