Edward Matthew Ward, R.A. (1816-1879)
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Edward Matthew Ward, R.A. (1816-1879)

Hogarth's studio, 1739. Holiday visit of foundlings to view the portrait of Captain Coram. 'Hogarth painted a splendid portrait of Thomas Coram, the grand old sea-captain, who spent his fortune in cherishing deserted children, and in his old age was not ashamed to confess that he had spent his life in doing good ... We hope they still teach every little boy and girl foundling to murmur a prayer for Thomas Coram' - Sala.

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Edward Matthew Ward, R.A. (1816-1879)
Hogarth's studio, 1739. Holiday visit of foundlings to view the portrait of Captain Coram. 'Hogarth painted a splendid portrait of Thomas Coram, the grand old sea-captain, who spent his fortune in cherishing deserted children, and in his old age was not ashamed to confess that he had spent his life in doing good ... We hope they still teach every little boy and girl foundling to murmur a prayer for Thomas Coram' - Sala.
signed 'E.M.Ward R.A.' (lower centre)
oil on canvas
18¼ x 24¼ in. (46.4 x 61.6 cm.)
Provenance
with Potts & Gardner, Chester.
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Lot Essay

This is either a preliminary study for, or a reduced replica of, Ward's Royal Academy exhibit of 1863, no. 199, now in York City Art Gallery. Ward established his reputation painting scenes from English and French history and his strong sense of period led him to become one of the most popular of all Victorian history painters. Thomas Coram, a retired sea captain established the Foundling Hospital in 1759. His portrait, one of the most innovative of the mid-eighteenth century, was painted by William Hogarth who later became a governor of the Hospital. Hogarth encouraged fellow artists, Gainsborough amongst them, to exhibit works in the Governor's Court Room. The money raised from these annual exhibitions helped sustain the Foundation, which rescued abandoned children from the streets.
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