Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Advent Calender 2013: Day 5
Foundling Girl at Christmas Dinner Emma Brownlow 1877
The foundling hospital in London was the first children's shelter in the country. Set up in the eighteenth century by Thomas Coram it provided a safe refuge for the developing city's increasing number of abandoned babies and children. The building is now a museum where the charity's early history can be explored through various art and artifacts such as today's advent painting.