The Pinch of Poverty

Image credit: Coram in the care of the Foundling Museum

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Kennington was born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. He studied at the Liverpool School of Art, the Royal College of Art and later in Paris. He settled in London where he became known for portraying scenes of upper class life and typically, mothers with their children. This picture, however, is one of a series commissioned by benefactors to highlight social evils in London, (Others are entitled 'Homeless' and 'Orphans'). There is an earlier, larger version of this painting, dated 1889, in the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Foundling Museum



The Pinch of Poverty




oil on canvas


H 114.3 x W 101.6 cm

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Acquisition method

bequeathed by W. J. H. Le Fanu, 1926

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Inscription description

Signed and dated: T.B.Kennington 1891


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