Historical information

Mr Richardson sometimes deputised for his friend Mr Henry Berry at Sunday services at the Asylum, c.1890.


A rare, historically significant and well-provenanced example of resources - clothing - made by residents of the Kew Lunatic Asylum in the 19th century.

Physical description

Multicoloured, hand-knitted woollen sock, created for Mr. W.H. Richardson (father of the historian Dorothy Rogers, the donor), and made by patients of the 'old Kew Asylum'.

Inscriptions & markings

Attached handwritten note by Dorothy Rogers): "This sock was made for my father (W. H. Richardson) by patients of the old Kew Asylum. He often deputised for Mr Henry Berry at Sunday afternoon services about 1890'.