Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Several Children of the Foundling Hospital. The institute established by Captain Coram before which he himself figures with servant, mothers and not least numerous children. Above: Arms of the Foundling Hospital. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Hogarth pinxt. / T. Cook sculpt. / Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, July 1st. 1809., otherwise as above. Subject size 6¾ × 5⅜ in (17.3 × 13.8 cm).
Interesting with respect to the things the children hold in their hands as symbols of their future professions as sounding lead, trowel, spinning-wheel, model sheet, broom, mathematical instruments. Several already in sailor’s dress and waving at nearby ships. – Cook’s popular later, smaller version. – Trimmed within the wide white platemark.
Offer no. 8,931 / EUR 43. (c. US$ 52.) + shipping
– – – The same in steel engraving about 1840, but in reverse to the one above and without the arms. Inscribed: Das Findelhaus. / The Foundlings. 5 × 7¾ in (12.7 × 19.6 cm).
Offer no. 7,855 / EUR 65. (c. US$ 79.) + shipping
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