Catn. Thos. Coramwho after 17 Years unwearied application, obtained the Charter of the Foundling Hospital, To the Governors & Guardians of the Hospital, this Print is humbly dedicated by their obedient humble Servt. R. Cribb.
London, Published Dec. 1. 1796, by R. Cribb, No.288 Holborn.
Stipple, 580 x 405mm. 22¾ x 16". Light foxing, mostly marginal. One tear to lower margin.
The philanthropic sea captain Thomas Coram (c.1668 - 1751), who in 1742 founded the Foundling Hospital in Guildford Street, London. It was a children's home established for the 'education and maintenance of exposed and deserted young children.' The artist William Hogarth was a friend of Coram's and later a governor of the institution. Handel donated an organ to the chapel and gave performances of the 'Messiah' on it, raising £7,000. Coram sits surrounded by emblems representing his mercantilist and philanthropic activities, including a scroll lettered "The Royal Charter" for the hospital. The charter was signed in 1739, and the hospital started receiving children at the end of 1745. After William Hogarth (1697 - 1764).
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