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Foundling Girls in the Chapel

Photo credit: Coram in the care of the Foundling Museum

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This painting illustrates Foundling girls at prayer in the Chapel of the Foundling Hospital. The artist was born Sophia Gengembre in Paris to a French father and an English mother. She left France at the start of the 1848 Revolution and travelled to the United States of America. There she married an English artist, Walter Anderson, and the couple moved to England in 1854. In 1871 they moved to the island of Capri off the coast of Italy due to Sophie’s ill health.

The Foundling Museum


  • Date

    mid-19th C–late 19th C

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    68 x 54.8 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    purchased, 1931


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