The Pinch of Poverty returns

The Pinch of Poverty returns

After a short spell at the Geffrye Museum, our much-loved painting The Pinch of Poverty is now back at the Museum and on display above the main staircase.

Painted by Thomas Kennington (1856-1916), the work was bequeathed to the Hospital in 1926. Kennington was best known for his scenes of upper-class life and idealised domestic interiors, often involving the mother and child. This picture, however, is one of a series in which he shows the suffering caused by poverty. Others in the series are entitled Homeless (1885), Widowed and Fatherless (1885) and Orphans (1890).