Jane Austen arrived in Winchester on 24 May 1817 to receive treatment for her illness. This exhibition offers a vivid snapshot of the city in that fateful year: the sights and sounds she would have experienced, the hospitals and doctors that treated her, the friends and family who comforted her. Jane mentions in one of her letters being transported around the city in a sedan chair and the exhibition will feature a rare survival of a chair of the period used by patients attending the Winchester hospitals. In addition, Malady and Medicine looks at how Jane portrayed illness in her novels and the sort of treatment her characters could expect at the hands of the medical profession in the Regency period.
Image: 1820's view of the Winchester High Street by G.S. Shepherd.
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