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Joseph Highmore, 1692–1780
Formerly William Hogarth, 1697–1764

The Angel of Mercy

ca. 1746
Oil on canvas
23 1/2 x 19 inches (59.7 x 48.3 cm), Frame: 29 × 33 1/2 × 3 1/4 inches (73.7 × 85.1 × 8.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
angels | baby | cave | children | religious and mythological subject | robe | shadows | white (color) | wings | woman
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Basic Instincts (The Foundling Museum, 2017-09-29 - 2018-01-07) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Enlightened Princesses - Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-02-02 - 2017-04-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

William Hogarth - A Selection of Painting from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (National Gallery of Art, 1971-02-12 - 1971-05-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Naomi Clifford, Basic Instincts, The art of Joseph Highmore at the Foundling Museum, https://www.naomiclifford.com/basic-instincts-the-art-of-joseph-highmore-at-the-foundling-museum/ , Love, Life and Death in the Georgian Era, January 11, 2018, Available Online

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 120-121, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Joanna Marschner, Enlightened Princesses : Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World, Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn, 2017, p. 416, 423, fig. 25.01, 25.08, NX543 +.E55 2017 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Jacqueline Riding, Basic Instincts Love, Passion and Violence in the Art of Joseph Highmore, Paul Holberton Publishing, London, p. 112, fig. 94, NJ18.H4888 R53 2017 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Kristen Tambling, The Foundling Museum brings Joseph Highmore out of the shadows, , Apollo, October 10, 2017, https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-foundling-museum-brings-joseph-highmore-out-of-the-shadows/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20171014_Weekly_Round_Up_41 [Website]

The Mere relation of the sufferings of others, Highmore, history painting and the Foundling Hospital , Art History, vol. 35, no. 3, June 2012, pp. 545-553, figs. 15, 17, N1 A75 v. 35:3 (YCBA) Also available online (ORBIS) [YCBA]

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