Ralph Albert Blakelock (1847-1919): Psychiatric hospitalization and the abduction of an American landscape artist.


Journal Article

Ralph Blakelock was a leading American landscape painter. Much of his life was lived in obscurity and destitution. He developed late onset paranoid schizophrenia, resulting in prolonged hospitalization. During his time in hospital, demand for Blakelock's works grew, but he was unable to enjoy any of this success. Instead, the artist fell prey to unscrupulous and unlikely exploitation by a self-appointed guardian, aided and abetted by Blakelock's psychiatrists, which broke his spirit and may well have hastened his demise.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Davidson, JR

Published Date

  • February 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 34 - 42

PubMed ID

  • 26025842

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26025842

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1758-1087

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0967772015583444


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England