Painting by Rosa Branson

 

Painting by Rosa Branson

The large, montage-style painting, donated to the Coram Family by artist Rosa Branson, shows the charity's establishment in 1739 as the Foundling Hospital to care for abandoned children, and follows through to the range of childcare services it provides today.

Coram, Hogarth and another benefactor, the composer Handel, are among the 190 people who appear in the new montage, which took nine months to complete. "Apart from the historical figures, they are all living people - mainly local kids, who were very excited about being painted," says Branson.

The artist has also donated paintings to charities such as the Red Cross, Help the Aged and Cancer Research UK, all of the works featuring her characteristic shafts of heavenly light. The gifts are intended to attract potential donors to the charities.

 
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