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The Finding of Infant Moses in the Bullrushes

Photo credit: Coram in the care of the Foundling Museum

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Both this painting and William Hogarth’s 'Moses Brought Before Pharaoh’s Daughter' (which was displayed next to it in the Foundling Hospital’s Court Room) illustrate episodes from the Old Testament. Hayman’s painting shows Moses being brought to the Pharaoh’s daughter after he is found in the bullrushes on the banks of the Nile. Moses’ mother had placed her son in a basket on the river so he would escape the persecution of Jewish children ordered by the Pharaoh.

The Foundling Museum





oil on canvas


H 170.8 x W 188.6 cm

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Acquisition method

presented by the artist, 1746

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Inscription description

Inscribed: Painted and Given by F. Hayman, 1746 The frame is inscribed from Exodus (Chapter 11, verse 9) - "And Pharaoh's Daughter said unto her, take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give thee they Wages Hayman P."


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