|A mother leaving her baby at the Foundling Hospital, Paris.|
Original canvas can be seen at the Foundling Museum, London.
Once admitted each child was given a new name. At first the hospital's governors lent their own names, but this turned out to be confusing for some children who held false hopes of illustrious parentage.
|Gin Lane by the 18th century artist, William Hogarth - |
a perilous time to be a child.
|The Foundling Hospital offered a better future than that of|
an abandoned child living on the streets
|Foundling children during a church service. |
The original painting is on display at the Foundling Museum, London
|Thomas Coram established the Foundling Hospital in the 18th century, |
and his work for the welfare of children continues in his name today.