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The scene is the famous London asylum known as “Bedlam” (Bethlehem Hospital). It is populated by various madmen: a religious fanatic, a mad astronomer searching the heavens with a paper telescope, a tailor in a straw wig, a self-styled king, the self-proclaimed pope, and a mad musician. Tom Rakewell is comforted by the ever-faithful Sarah, while two fashionable ladies visit, as was popular sport in the 18th century.
William George Sullivan; given to the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1930.