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An Italian foundling visits Bloomsbury

Nicholas Cranfield sees a fine old St Francis with its dignity restored

THE old Foundling Hospital in the heart of Bloomsbury, for which Hogarth and Handel did so much financially to support Thomas Coram’s foundation for abandoned children (1739), has more recently (June 2004) reopened as a museum.

The current exhibition is a fitting commentary on the hospital. Here is a significant painting that was lost and found, not once, but twice. Badly abused and damaged, it has now had its dignity lovingly restored. ...

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