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UCL & Bloomsbury in the 19th Century
Exhibition Showcase Estates of the Duke of Bedford, 1795 Map of London from 1824 - 1826 survey Daw Map of Parish of St. Pancras Grant of arms to Dr Gilchrist by Lord Lyon Portrait of Augustus De Morgan George De Morgan and Arthur Ranyard letter Caricature of Augustus De Morgan Sketch of Professor De Morgan TL Donaldson medal Cartoon of John Elliotson from Punch Flaxman Gallery colour design Sketch of the life of Dr Gilchrist Photograph of Gilchrist's Tomb Address delivered at opening of University of London medical session Parliamentary reform on constitutional principles Portrait of John Borthwick Gilchrist Portrait of John Elliotson Sophia De Morgan sketch of London Mathematical Society logo Colour framed print of the University of London building Elevation and plan of London University The mathematical principles of natural philosophy by Sir Isaac Newton Opticks by Sir Issac Newton Image of North London Hospital exterior, 1834 Image of North London Hospital exterior, 1835 Portico and section plan of London University Sophia De Morgan Letter An essay on probabilities by Augustus De Morgan The Catch Me Who Can cartoon ascribed to Rowlandson Drawing by George Scharf of the Hospital soon after its completion West front of the University of London, opened October 1828 Standing male nude by Ida Margaret Nettleship Standing female nude by Eveleen Buckton Life class in the Slade room Portrait Group

About the exhibition

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This exhibition of material from UCL Special Collections looked at some of the innovative institutions and individuals which flourished in and around UCL in the 19th Century. It was inspired by and organized in conjunction with the Bloomsbury Project, led by Professor Rosemary Ashton of the English Department, which was undertaking wider research into the remarkable number of reforming institutions and people that congregated in the Bloomsbury area during the 19th Century.

The exhibition focused on individuals and institutions connected with UCL. There were papers from some of the early professors, including letters from John Elliotson, an innovative doctor and Professor of Medicine, who undertook controversial experiments with 'mesmerism' or hypnosis at University College Hospital (UCH) in the 1830s, as well as unexpectedly light-hearted cartoons and sketches by Augustus de Morgan, Professor of Mathematics here for over 30 years. There was material about some of the influential societies which used UCL as a meeting place, such as the Graphic Society, or which grew out of the activities of UCL staff and students, like the London Mathematical Society which was founded by UCL students in 1865. There were reproductions of paintings and life drawings from the Slade School of Fine Art, which was the first British art school to allow women to draw from a live model, as well as plans and photographs of the original buildings of both UCL and its counterpart on the other side of Gower Street, UCH. Finally, maps from the London History collection illustrated the growth and development of the area during the course of the 19th Century.