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A Brief Account of the Rise, Progress, and Present Situation, of the Orphan House in Georgia…

Artist/Maker:
Whitfield, George
Place Made:
Edinburgh Great Britain
Date Made:
1748
Medium:
ink –paper
Dimensions:
__ __6 3/8 __3 3/16
Accession Number:
5860.24
Description:
This account of the Bethesda orphan house founded by the evangelical preacher George Whitfield in Savannah, Georgia, in 1740, presents one of the earliest engraved views of an American building. It also includes a second foldout plate with the names of the orphans who lived at the orphanage between 1739 and 1746 and the families to whom they were eventually placed out to learn trades ranging from bricklaying to blacksmithing.
Credit Line:
Promised Gift of Thomas A. Gray in honor of Jackie and Tony Montag (TAG 115.2; 12695)