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Robert Riggs
(1896 - 1970)

PSYCHOPATHIC WARD. ca. 1940. Beall 60, Bassham 78. Lithograph, 363 x 480 mm (14.29 x 18.89"). Edition: less than 50. A fine, rich impression with full margins, signed and titled in pencil, in excellent condition.

Psychopathic Ward, Riggs's best-known print, is based on his observations within the secure wards of the Philadelphia State Hospital for the Mentally Ill, where he made at least nine sketches. The lithograph comes from a set of four on hospital wards commissioned by the American pharmaceutical company Smith, Kline and French around 1940 as part of its advertising campaign. The lithographs, which also included a children's orthopaedic ward and an accident and emergency ward, were intended to be sold to doctors for display in their waiting rooms.






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