The Foundlings

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The Foundlings
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F. Morellon la Cave after William Hogarth
(The Foundlings)
London 1739
120 x 215 mm
Engraving
Trimmed close to image.
£120
Hogarth’s design, engraved by La Cave, was used as a head piece to a Power of Attorney for collecting subscriptions for the Foundling Hospital. The design tells the story of Coram’s project; a mother deserts her baby, a baby lies helpess under the bridge, a mother weeps and drops a dagger she might have used on her child.
The beadle of the hospital carries her child to the Foundling Hospital.
Paulson 225 III/III