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November 15, 1965

William Hogarth and the London Hospital

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The London Hospital London, England

JAMA. 1965;194(7):832. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090200140036

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To the Editor:—  The editorial in the May 24 issue (192:713, 1965) refers to the interest taken by William Hogarth in the work of various hospitals in London. Your readers may be interested in some further evidence of this interest shown in the "Ticket for the London Hospital," designed by Hogarth and engraved by C. Grignion (Figure). It depicts Christ and His disciples, with people at a distance being carried to a hospital.The precise history of the "Ticket" is not known, but it was probably engraved soon after founding of the hospital in 1740. The original sketch by Hogarth was presented to the hospital in 1782, eighteen years after his death. Beneath the sketch, presumably in the artist's handwriting, is a quotation, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me." (Matthew 25:40.)In the early

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