Captain Thomas Coram.Upon whose Petition and Sollicitation The Royal Charter for ye Foundling Hospital was Granted by his Majesty King George ye Second, [17 of October 1739].
Mezzotint. Sheet 350 x 260mm (13¾ x 10¼"). Trimmed within plate at bottom, losing end of title, small tear.
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.
CS: 45 I of III; Goodwin: 8 II of V.
[Ref: 34357] £280.00