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Christ's Hospital was founded by Edward VI in 1552 as a charitable institution for educating destitute children. In its early days it admitted foundlings, but due to the overwhelming demand admission was soon limited to the children of freemen of the City of London. Christ’s Hospital was also known as the 'blue coat school' because of the distinctive blue uniform worn by the boys, one of whom can be seen in the foreground of the painting.
oil on canvas
53 x 53 cm
presented by the artist, 1748