September 5, 2017
John Saddler (1813-1892), Alms Giving (After G. Dore), c.1880, photogravure, 9 5/16 x 6 15/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1993.
Today, September 5, is the International Day of Charity, first instituted in 2012 by the United National General Assembly. The purpose behind this special day is to bring awareness to the many different genres and goals of charities throughout the world and to encourage lay citizens to participate in charity work.
This piece by John Saddler depicts a woman entering a building, while surrounded by people hoping to receive a bit of charity money, or, alms. The woman, who is probably entering a house of worship, gives her alms as she enters.