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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. It is likely that this work was painted during this period. It was eventually purchased by the Foundling Hospital in 1931. Sophie later returned to Falmouth in Cornwall where she died in 1903.

The Foundling Museum



mid-19th C–late 19th C


oil on canvas


H 68 x W 54.8 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased, 1931

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Inscription description

Signed: S. Anderson


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