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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Thomas Coram (1668?-1751), Philanthropist

Philanthropist; born in Lyme, Dorset; went to sea as a boy, set up as shipwright in Boston, Massachusetts, married, made his fortune and returned 1719 to London; thereafter dedicated himself to public service; a Georgia trustee, also active in the colonising of Nova Scotia; established 1745 the Foundling Hospital (renamed, 1954, the Thomas Coram Foundation for Children).

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Kerslake 1961
J. F. Kerslake, 'Catalogue of the Principal Pictures and Sculptures in the Foundling Hospital', 1961 (unpublished MS, NPG library).


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.