An old man suffering from senile dementia
Colour lithograph after J Williamson, c1890; published Edinburgh, 1896
The lithograph is possibly a trial proof for an image in Sir
Byron Bramwell's Atlas of clinical medicine (Edinburgh 1892-1896).
The man sits slumped in a chair and wears on his head a bonnet with
red, green and yellow stripes. He was described by Bramwell as
follows: "This plate represents a man aged 82, an inmate of the
Craiglockhart Workhouse, affected with senile dementia. His sight
and hearing were dull, he took little notice of his surroundings,
spoke little, and seldom responded to questions. His appetite and
general health were good."