Hospital For The Maintenance And Education Of Exposed And Deserted Young Children.
Two bound letterpress broadsheets, large 4to (320 x 235mm, 12½ x 9¼"), with engraved vignette on overlaid india paper.
The text exhorts 'graduates' leaving London's Foundling Hospital to lead a virtuous and industrious life. The allegorical vignette shows Charity standing in the centre embracing infants, Faith seated at right reading from a bible, and Hope standing with anchor at left. A banner which reads "But the greatest of these in Charity" is supported by two putti above. After Thomas Stothard (1755 - 1834). The Foundling Hospital was founded in 1739 in London, north of Great Ormond Street and west of Gray's Inn Lane, by the philanthropic sea captain Thomas Coram. It was a children's home established for the 'education and maintenance of exposed and deserted young children.'
[Ref: 10931] £320.00