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The Royal Hospital at Chelsea was founded by Charles II in 1682 as a hospital for Army veterans. Designed by Christopher Wren, the Hospital was intended to rival Louis XIV's Hôtel National des Invalides in Paris. Pensioners were admitted from 1692 onwards. Haytley’s painting shows the Figure Court as seen from the Thames. The statue of Charles II, dressed as a Roman general, can be seen in the quadrangle in the distance.

The Foundling Museum


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    55.8 x 55.8 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    presented by the artist, 1747


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