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A Mother Depositing Her Child at the Foundling Hospital in Paris

Photo credit: The Foundling Museum

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The Foundling Hospital (L’Hôpital des Enfants-Trouvés) in Paris was established by royal edict in 1670 during the reign of Louis XIV. The Paris Hospital differed in many respects from its London counterpart. It had a different admission system whereby mothers were not required to bring their children to the Hospital but could abandon them in a public place or, as illustrated in this picture, leave them at the Hospital gate.

The Foundling Museum

London

  • Date

    c.1855

  • Medium

    oil on board

  • Measurements

    38.1 x 27.9 cm

  • Accession number

    FM47

  • Acquisition method

    purchased at Sothebys by the Thomas Coram Foundation, 1987

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