Colour view of the Foundling Hospital

Description

The Foundling Hospital was established in 1739 by Thomas Coram, a shipwright and sailor, in reponse to the numbers of abandoned children on the streets of London. Little welfare existed for these 'foundlings' or their mothers who, due to poverty or society's strong disapproval of illegitimacy, were unable to care for them. Coram's charity provided the children with accomodation, food and clothes, religious instruction and education. It was funded by philanthropic individuals, including members of royalty and the nobility.

This colour print depicts the Foundling Hospital in 1750 at its Bloomsbury, London site.

Full title:
View of the Foundling Hospital, from the driveway
Published:
1750, London
Format:
Print / Image
Creator:
Louis Philippe Boitard
Copyright:
© The British Museum
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Held by
The British Museum
Shelfmark:
1978,0415.33

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