Chapter

A Picture of a Treasury

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198273875
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684074 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.003.0010
A Picture of a Treasury

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This chapter discusses the challenges faced by Jeremy Bentham in acquiring the Salisbury estate in Millbank, England, for his panopticon prison project. The Treasury was very difficult in the negotiating process and when the land was purchased in November 1799, it lay idle. When Prime Minister resigned fifteen months later no final decision on the panopticon had yet been taken and Bentham had to wait for another two years just to be told by Henry Addington's administration that they were unwilling to find the necessary funds for the project. To show his contempt and objections, Bentham wrote Picture of the Treasury, to which the Parliament turned a deaf ear.

Keywords: Salisbury estate; treasury; panopticon; Jeremy Bentham; Addington; prison

Chapter.  14563 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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