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Mezzotint Portrait of Captain Thomas Coram

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A fine impression of this mezzotint made by James McArdell after the portrait painted by Coram's friend, William Hogarth. Published in 1794 by Laurie & Whittle.

Cut to within the plate mark, tiny crease through the 'W' of Will, upper left hand side of the title band.

The sheet 10 inches x 14 1/8 inch. Sold loose and not framed. 

The Foundling Hospital was created by Thomas Coram, the son of a master mariner from Lyme Regis, Dorset. He was sent to sea at the age of 11 and by 1694, when he was 26 years old, was settled in Massachusetts where he established a shipyard. A philanthropist from an early age, he gave 59 acres of land at Taunton Ma, to be used for a schoolhouse. 

He returned to London, aged 36 and, amongst many other initiatives, established the Foundling Hospital for children and orphans who could not be properly cared for. The granting of the Royal Charter by King George II in 1739, referred to in the title script of this print, leads the hospital to be considered the world's first incorporated charity.

During his time in America he lived with native Americans and in his later years was an advocate for the education of Native American Girls. 

Item Code: 4347

£ 275

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