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John Monro (1715–1791) worked at London’s Bethlem Hospital and devoted his practice to the treatment of insanity, gaining greater eminence and success than any of his contemporaries in the field. In 1783, while he was still in full practice, he survived an attack of paralysis, and his work at Bethlem was gradually taken over by his son, Dr Thomas Monro. John Monro had a passion for the arts, and built a considerable collection of books and engravings.
oil on canvas
H 74.2 x W 63.5 cm
gift from Dr Henry Monro, 1857