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The Asylum Journal of Mental Science (1855-1858)
  • ISSN: 2514-992X (Print), 2514-9938 (Online)
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    Delusions of Grandeur by Heather Nevay.

    I went to Glasgow School of Art, graduating in Printed Textiles. I have painted ever since, influenced by a long tradition of figurative art, and gradually finding my own style over the last 30 years or so.

    This painting was inspired by a BBC radio programme looking at various delusional states. I found it fascinating, especially the episode on Delusions of Grandeur. It highlighted the spike in occurrence after the death of Napoleon . At one point there were 15 different people claiming to be him in a ward in a Paris hospital. It was a sensitive programme on a state of mind that I never realised could develop, so painting a version of it allowed me to explore the subject a little further. Using the imagery of children's play gave me a way to do this, whilst avoiding creating an overly-simplified narrative painting.

    We are always looking for interesting and visually appealing images for the cover of the Journal and would welcome suggestions or pictures, which should be sent to Dr Allan Beveridge, British Journal of Psychiatry, 21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB, UK or bjp@rcpsych.ac.uk.