MORISON, Sir Alexander. 20182



Autograph Letter Signed, to W.T.Iliff, inviting him and his son to join “a small party of gentlemen (chiefly medical)”. 1 page 4 x 4 inches, in good condition. 26 Cavendish Square, 27 November 1848. Uncommon. Sir Alexander Morison (1779-1866), Scottish physician and forensic psychiatrist. Morison became specialist in cerebral diseases and mental illness. He published in 1826 Outlines of Lectures on Mental Diseases, and in 1828 Cases of Mental Disease, with Practical Observations on the Medical Treatment. In 1840 he published The Physiognomy of Mental Diseases. A remarkable portrait of Morison – of almost hallucinatory intensity – was created by the psychotic Victorian artist Richard Dadd in 1852, and it incorporated images of Anchorfield created by Morison’s daughter. This picture now hangs in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.