Embroidered sampler depicting the Foundling Hospital in 1763 by Sarah Anne Quartermain

This is the first depiction by a child of the Foundling Hospital to enter the museum's collection.


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.

Venue details

The Foundling Museum 40 Brunswick Square, LONDON London WC1N 1AZ 020 7841 3600 www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £7.50)

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