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Government Conducts Experiment Giving LSD Drugs to Artist and Asking Him to Draw the Same Portrait 9 Times

These nine drawings were completed by an artist under the influence of LSD – part of a test conducted by the USA Government during its interest in psychometric drugs in the 1950s.

The artist was given a dose of LSD 25 and free access to an activity box full of crayons and pencils. His subject is the doctor that gave him the drugs.

The following drawing was completed 20 minutes after the first dose (50ug). An attending doctor observes “patient chooses to start drawing with charcoal”. The artist reports “condition is normal… no effect from the drug yet”:

Shortly after, however, the drugs kick in and the artist starts getting creative:

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