24 January 2011
Opening especially for Friends, the Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, set up in 1741 as London’s first home for abandoned children. We learn about its connection with William Hogarth, a founding governor of the hospital, who set up a permanent exhibition of the work of contemporary artists, many of whom were instrumental in the formation of the Royal Academy. Our private tour includes paintings by Reynolds, Gainsborough and Millais, plus a rare ‘fair copy’ of Handel’s Messiah. Friends can also visit the exhibition ‘Threads of Feeling’, a unique display of mid-eighteenth century textiles usually held in the Museum’s archives.
This event is also taking place on 7 February 2011