This is the first depiction by a child of the Foundling Hospital to enter the museum's collection.
Embroidered sampler depicting the Foundling Hospital in 1763 by Sarah Anne Quartermain, 1825
© The Foundling Museum
- Embroidered fabric
- 50.8 x 50.8 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £5,500 ( Total: £10,350)
- Acquired in:
The artist was 10 year-old Sarah Ann Quartermain who was probably a foundling. Needlework was a major part of the girls' education at the Hospital and samplers are a unique personal example of a young girl's needlework accomplishments. Her image has been adapted from a print of 1763, separating and flattening out each of the building's various elements -chapel, boys' and girls' wings, the forecourt, the side colonades, the front gate - all peopled with naively scaled carriages, visitors and foundling children as well as bystanders and a couple strolling a dog.
Bought by the consignor at a small, local auction. The work has been vetted by the Art Loss Register.