Auction 139, Lot 734

"Captn. Thos. Coram…", Hogarth, William

Subject: Prints - Portrait

Period: 1796 (dated)


Color: Black & White

13.5 x 19.8 inches
34.3 x 50.3 cm

Although Thomas Coram spent much of his life at sea as a Sea Captain, he is best known for his philanthropy. Appalled by the number of homeless children in London, Coram created the Foundling Hospital in 1739. William Hogarth, one of the first Governors of the hospital, painted this famous portrait of Captain Coram in 1740. The painting was reproduced in stipple engraving by William Nutter and published by R. Cribb in 1796.


Condition: A

On sturdy paper with light foxing in wide, blank margins. There is a small damp stain in upper-right corner, far from image.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 2/15/2012