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Hogarth produced this painting in 1746 and presented it to the Foundling Hospital the following year. It was displayed in the Court Room which became a fashionable place to visit in Georgian London. The painting depicts the infant Moses being given away by his birth mother to his adoptive mother, an Egyptian princess, in the Pharaoh’s palace. Hogarth chose this Biblical story as an allegory for the Foundling Hospital itself and used his subject to explore the themes of childhood, charity and adoption.
oil on canvas
H 172.7 x W 208.3 cm
presented by the artist, 1747
Letters carved on the frame: EXODUS 11 Chap. 10th Verse. And the child grew; and She brought him unto Pharaoh's Daughter; and he became her Son. And she called his name Moses. Hogarth P.