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Enamel, gilt-metal frame, the reverse engraved Wm 2nd/Duke of Portland
William, styledViscount Woodstock 1709-15 and Marquess of Titchfield 1715-1726, was the son of Henry Bentinck, 1st Duke of Portland and his wife Elizabeth Noel 8 was an original governor of the Foundling Hospital, founded in London 1739 and was made Knight of the Garter 1741. He married Lady Margaret daughter of Wriothesley Baptist Noel, 2nd Earl of Gainsborough.
He was an original governor of the Foundling Hospital in London, founded in 1741 the same year he was made Knight of the Garter
The Foundling Hospital in London, England was founded by the philanthropic sea captain Thomas Coram. It was a children's home established for the "education and maintenance of exposed and deserted young children." The word "hospital" was used in a more general sense than it is today, simply indicating the institution's "hospitality" to those less fortunate.
The early connection between the hospital and the eminent painters of the reign of George II is of interest. The exhibitions of pictures at the Foundling Hospital, which were organized by the Dilettante Society, led to the formation of the Royal Academy in 1768.
William Hogarth, who was childless, had a long association with the Hospital and was also a founding Governor. He designed the children's uniforms and the coat of arms, and he and his wife Jane fostered foundling children. Hogarth also decided to set up a permanent art exhibition in the new buildings, encouraging other artists to produce work for the hospital. Indeed, several contemporary English artists decorated the walls of the hospital with their works, including Sir Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, Richard Wilson and Francis Hayman.
Portland is identified in the Handy-book of Literary Curiosities (1909) as one of the perpetrators of the Great Bottle Hoax of 1749 in which a large crowd was lured to a London theatre expecting to see a man jump into a "quart bottle".
Portland died aged 53 and is buried at Westminster Abbey. He was succeeded in the Dukedom by his eldest son William, who became Prime Minister of Great Britain
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