The Foundling Museum

The Foundling Museum
40 Brunswick Square
London
Greater London
WC1N 1AZ
England

Website

www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk

E-mail

enquiries@foundlingmuseum.org.uk

Telephone

020 7841 3600

Fax

020 7841 3607

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The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, London's first home for abandoned children and of three major figures in British history: its campaigning founder the philanthropist Thomas Coram, the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel. This remarkable collection of art, period interiors and social history is now housed in a restored and refurbished building adjacent to the original site of the Hospital, demolished in 1926. Our programme of regular public events includes exhibitions, displays, weekly lunchtime concerts, talks, performances, workshops and drop-in family activities.

Captain Thomas Coram lived in an age that cared little for the plight of unwanted children, who were often left to die on the streets of London. When Coram retired after a life spent as a successful ship-builder and sailor, primarily based in the New World of America, he was horrified by the spectacle of poverty on London's streets. He spent the remainder of his life striving to fulfil his grand design, which was to establish a refuge for abandoned children. In this endeavour he was assisted by his friend, the artist William Hogarth, who like Coram himself was childless. Their efforts were rewarded in 1739, when George II granted a Royal Charter for the establishment of a Foundling Hospital.

Hogarth personally contributed paintings to decorate the walls of the new building. His example inspired many other contemporary British artists to donate works to this pioneering and philanthropic institution, creating the first British art gallery, The Foundling Hospital, which is now seen as the catalyst for the Royal Academy. At that time there was little exhibition space available for artists in London and the walls of the Hospital served this purpose.

The rich and powerful were encouraged to come and view the pictures as well as the children, with the hope that they might commission works from one of the exhibiting artists and contribute to the work of the Hospital.

George Frideric Handel also supported the Hospital's charitable work by giving benefit performances of his work in the Chapel.

In the 1920's the Foundling Hospital was pulled down, but the treasures were saved and moved to 40 Brunswick Square. The Foundling Museum houses the nationally important Foundling Hospital Collection. The work with vulnerable children continues and the charity is now known as Coram. The Foundling Museum was established in 1998 as a separate but closely linked charity.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Heritage site, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Tues to Sat, 10.00 - 17.00
Sun 11.00 - 17.00

Admission charges

Adults: £7.50
Concessions: £5.00
Children under 16: FREE
Art Fund FREE

Discounts

  • International Council of Museums
  • National Trust

At the Museum you can see:
* Poignant social history gallery telling the story of London's first home for abandoned children, including personal histories, artefacts, photographs and recordings;
* London's first art gallery featuring works by Hogarth, Rysbrack, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Roubiliac, Hudson, Ramsay and Wilson;
* Fine eighteenth-century, Rococo and Georgian interiors; and
* Gerald Cook Handel collection of Handel memorabilia.

Collection details

Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Personalities, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • London's first children's home
  • Rococo interior
  • Georgian interior
  • Coram
  • Hogarth
  • Rysbrack
  • Gainsborough
  • Reynolds
  • Roubiliac
  • Hudson
  • Ramsay
  • Wilson
  • Handel
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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By George! Handel's Music for Royal Occasions

  • 7 February — 18 May 2014 *on now

In the 300th anniversary year of the coronation of George I, the first Hanoverian king, this fascinating new exhibition explores Handel and his music for royal occasions.
No composer has been more closely associated with the British monarchy than
German-born George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). His anthem Zadok the Priest has been performed at every coronation since that of King George II in 1727, while his Water Music was performed in 2012 on the River Thames for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

Handel enjoyed the patronage of three British monarchs during his lifetime: Queen Anne, George I, and George II. Employed by George I in Hanover, Handel had the advantage of knowing the new king before he ascended the British throne in 1714. Although he was not appointed Master of the King’s Musick, Handel was favoured by George I and his family, while the appointed Master was left to compose music for smaller, less significant occasions. Handel tutored the royal princesses and composed music for almost all important royal events. He went on to compose the coronation anthems for George II, as well as the Music for the Royal Fireworks and the famous Water Music.

The exhibition features treasures from the Gerald Coke Handel Collection as well as loans from the British Library, National Portrait Gallery and British Museum and never before seen items from the archives of Westminster Abbey.

By George! Handel’s Music for Royal Occasions is supported by the By George! Supporters’ Circle, the John S Cohen Foundation, the Golsoncott Foundation and Rothschild.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/By-George-exhibition/

Make Shelter at the Foundling Museum

Make Shelter

  • 15 April — 1 June 2014 *on now

In collaboration with the Peabody Trust, this exhibition considers the ways in which charities like Peabody and the Foundling Hospital created homes for Londoners. Artist Alexa Galea worked with local residents and asked ‘If you were to make a shelter for yourself, what would you create?’

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, in the Foundling Museum Cafe

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/make-shelter/

Progress at the Foundling Museum

Progress

  • 6 June — 7 September 2014

Four contemporary artists respond to Hogarth’s masterpiece.

To mark the 250th anniversary of Hogarth’s death, Progress brings together for the first time three great contemporary responses to his eternally modern moral tale, A Rake’s Progress. David Hockney’s A Rake’s Progress, 1961-3, Yinka Shonibare MBE’s Diary of a Victorian Dandy, 1998, and Grayson Perry’s The Vanity of Small Differences, 2012, are shown alongside Hogarth’s original 1735 prints and joined by a newly commissioned work by Jessie Brennan.

Hogarth’s popularity with both artists and the public has endured for over two hundred years, and his work has provided inspiration to successive generations. Hockney, Shonibare and Perry not only update Hogarth’s searing social commentary, they also add their own personal concerns to the creative dialogue. Commissioning an emerging female artist to respond to Hogarth’s work, the Foundling Museum further develops the conversation.

Exploring issues of sexuality, race, class, vice, temptation, youth and urban living this exhibition both highlights Hogarth’s continuing relevance and allows us to consider the idea of ‘progress’.

Progress is supported by Arts Council England.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with Museum admission

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/Progress/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Lunchtime concert

Free Lunchtime Concert

  • 1 May 2014 1-2pm

Violinist Viktoria Zora performs a programme including works by Handel as part of the Goldsmiths Student Showcase series.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with admission

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/lunchtime-concert-Zora/

Folk at the Foundling

Folk at the Foundling: Micah Blue Smaldone and Tom Kovacevic

  • 2 May 2014 7-9:30pm

Singer-songwriter and guitar maestro Micah Blue Smaldone and multi-instrumentalist Tom Kovacevic, both from New England, perform the only London date on their European Spring tours. Expect arabesque instrumental wizardry and beautiful, reflective songs from these two heroes of Chicago indie label Immune Recordings.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £10, £8 concessions and Foundling Friends

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/folk-smaldone-kovacevic/

Foundling Sunday

Foundling Sunday

  • 4 May 2014 2-4pm

Dr Helen Coffey discusses Handel and the House of Hanover. Afterwards pianist Kiyoko Fukuo, flautist Simon Gilliver, and cellist Paolo Baroni return to the Foundling Museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with Museum Admission

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/Foundling-Sunday-May14/

LUNCHTIME CONCERT

LUNCHTIME CONCERT

  • 8 May 2014 1-2pm

Violinist Rose Hsien, a recipient of the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, performs in the beautiful surrounds of the Picture Gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with Museum Admission

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/lunchtime-concert-Hsien/

FOUNDLING WALK

FOUNDLING WALK

  • 8 May 2014 10:30am-12pm
  • 18 May 2014 11:30am-1pm

Janice says: ‘This walk provides an opportunity to spot the settings of some of Hogarth’s paintings, see the site of the Lincoln Inn’s Fields Theatre where Handel staged several operas, and discover the story of an eccentric supporter of the Foundling Hospital. Along the way we notice connections with the city’s medical advances, taking in the history of the first children’s hospital, and the site of renowned physician Dr Richard Mead’s home, ending our tour at the Foundling Museum.’

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £9, £7 concessions and Foundling Friends

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/foundling-walk-May-hogarth18thLondon/

HANDEL IN THE BALLROOM

Handel in the Ballroom

  • 11 May 2014 2-4pm

To celebrate the exhibition By George! the Foundling Museum presents an afternoon of music and dance. Dancing, from palace ballrooms to provincial assembly rooms, was a favourite entertainment in Georgian Britain. Royal birthdays were celebrated with a ball, for which dances were specially choreographed. Join dance expert Moira Goff and baroque musician Evelyn Nallen for a talk and dance workshop in the beautiful Picture Gallery. Ticket includes admission to the museum and By George! exhibition. Tickets can be purchased from our eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/handel-in-the-ballroom-a-talk-and-dance-workshop-tickets-11218335343

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £15

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/handel-in-the-ballroom/

Bach to Baby

Bach to Baby

  • 15 May 2014 10:30-11:30am
  • 19 June 2014 10:30-11:30am

Bach to Baby is an innovative classical babies’ concert created by mum and pianist, Miaomiao Yu. Concerts at the Foundling Museum are inspired by Handel and bring classical music to babies and parents. Tickets include free entry to the Foundling Museum.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Adults £10 at the door, children FREE

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/Bach-to-Baby-May/

Foundling Family workshop

Family Workshop: Paper Boats

  • 28 May 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

Create a paper boat, filled with words and ideas, inspired by the life of Thomas Coram and the seascape paintings in the Museum, with artist Karen Logan.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Free for children and up to two accompanying adults

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/paper-boats/

LUNCHTIME CONCERT

Free Lunchtime Concert

  • 29 May 2014 1-2pm

Soprano Minna Nygren and Pianist Richard Black perform a programme including works by Handel as part of the Goldsmiths Student Showcase series.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with Museum Admission

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/thursday-lunchtime-nygren/

Hogarth

Foundling Sunday June

  • 1 June 2014 2-4pm

William Hogarth: Social satirist or moralising artist? Join Nick Castell as he explores two characterisations of Hogarth’s works. Afterwards, enjoy a performance by cellist Zoé Saubat and pianist Anne-Gabrièle Douce.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with Museum Admission

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/foundling-sunday-june14/

Sam Carter

Folk at the Foundling: Sam Carter

  • 6 June 2014 7-9:30pm

Sam Carter’s original songwriting is infused with shapenote, gospel and work song and delivered with simple, rich vocal performances and deft fingerpicking guitar-style. Carter returns from a British Council and Tehzeeb Foundation-funded project in Pakistan, following two critically acclaimed albums, and gigs with the likes of Martin Carthy, Nic Jones and Richard Thompson.

Tickets are available from the Foundling Museum Eventbrite page: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/folk-at-the-foundling-sam-carter-tickets-11090344519?aff=eorg

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £13, £11 concessions and Foundling Friends

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/folk-foundling-carter/

Foundling Walk

Foundling Walk - Hogarth and his Contemporaries

  • 8 June 2014 2:30-6:30pm
  • 25 June 2014 11am-1pm

Janice says: ‘We travel through the eighteenth century theatreland and coffee shops which would have been known to William Hogarth. We trace the path of Hogarth’s father-in-law, the celebrated James Thornhill, who lived in Covent Garden before learning more about St Martin’s Lane and Hogarth’s connections. Our walk takes us to the site of his home, through more theatrical and patronal connections, passing more places of relevance to George Frideric Handel before ending the walk at the Handel’s Parish Church near Bond Street tube station.’

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £9, £7 concessions and Foundling Friends

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/walk-hogarth-contemporaries/

Lunchtime Concert

Lunchtime Concert

  • 12 June 2014 1-2pm

A recital by a recipient of the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with Museum Admission

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/lunchtime-martin-scholarship/

Foundling Walk

Foundling Walk

  • 12 June 2014 11am-1pm
  • 29 June 2014 11am-1pm

Janice says: ‘2014 is the 250th anniversary of the death of Hogarth so it’s apt that we take a walk to view where Hogarth was born and lived for the first few years of his life. We’re in the heart of Smithfield and Clerkenwell, beginning outside Bart’s Hospital before finding the coal depot where Handel played, discover the link between the Clerk’s well and gin production, spot Hogarth’s family coffee house located in a sixteenth-century gatehouse, find out about the popular entertainment of spas and see the site of a prison in the incongruously named Mount Pleasant. All this plus a glimpse of a famous Foundling Hospital supporter’s house, as we journey to the Foundling Museum.’

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £9, £7 concessions and Foundling Friends

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/walk-steps-second/

Birthday weekend

Foundling Museum 10th Birthday Weekend

  • 14 — 15 June 2014 10am-5pm

10th Birthday Weekend
14 June 2014 - 15 June 2014, 10:00 - 17:00

The Foundling Museum is 10 years old this year! Everyone is invited to our birthday party, with free entry all weekend and a range of activities and performances for visitors of all ages. Birthday treats include cake, balloons, fun family activities throughout the Museum, and a summertime street party. Come and listen to music, help decorate the Museum, and enjoy a slice of birthday cake!

Free entry all weekend. Free activities for all ages.

Music: In the stunning Picture Gallery all weekend:

Saturday: Foundling Classics
Hear some of the musicians who have performed at our Handel-inspired, classical concerts over the last seven years.

Sunday: Folk at the Foundling Favourites
Chill out to some choice cuts of folk music, to mark the resounding success of our first year of Folk at the Foundling.

Family Activities

Collaborative birthday bunting
All Weekend, outside the Museum
Make us some birthday bunting, see it go up around the museum, and earn yourself a slice of birthday cake!

March of the Guards Grenadier Hats
All Saturday, in the Court Room
Work with artist Shelly Wain to create your own Grenadier’s hat inspired by the painting March of the Guards to Finchley by William Hogarth. Check out the painting hanging in the Museum’s Committee Room.

Secret Tokens
All Sunday, in the Creative Studio
The Foundling Hospital tokens contain thousands of secret stories from the mothers who left their children at the Hospital. Working with artist Davina Drummond families are invited to design their own token and stamp a message to put secretly inside.

Street Party
All Weekend, outside the Museum.

Festivities include:
Facepainting
Giant street games
Decorate your own gingerbread Foundling girl or boy
Dress up like Coram, Hetty Feather, a soldier or even the King!

And to top it all off:
Thomas Coram himself has travelled through time and will be with us all weekend!

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • Any age

Admission

Free entry for all, all weekend!

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/birthday-weekend/

Amade Players

Rodelinda

  • 18 June 2014 6-9pm

The Amadè Players is a London-based group of musicians with a passion for historically informed performance of the music of the eighteenth-century.

The 2014 Season continues our long-standing residency at The Foundling Museum, with performances of Vivaldi and Handel; we give the modern World Premiere of Wanhal's Requiem Mass, and tour our production of Handel's Rodelinda. Last season we made our Purcell Room debut, performed Handel's Messiah with 100 school children and gave two world broadcast premieres of Vivaldi sonatas on the BBC.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £10, £8 concessions and Foundling Friends

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/amade-rodelinda/

The Three Trio

Lunchtime Concert

  • 20 June 2014 1-2pm

Works by Stravinsky, Khachaturian and Milhaud are performed by clarinettist Heather Ryall, violinist Caelia Lunniss and pianist Sarah Latto.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with Museum Admission

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/ryall-lunniss-latto/

Foundling Museum Piano

Sunday Concert

  • 22 June 2014 3-4pm

Prize-winning pianist Jack Lambert performs at the Foundling Museum for the first time.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with Museum Admission

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/sunday-concert-lambert/

Foundling Museum Piano

Sunday Concert

  • 29 June 2014 3-4pm

Eamonn Ramsay and Nao Maebayashi perform a selection of piano duets on the Foundling Museum’s 1923 Broadwood & Sons piano.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with Museum Admission

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/sunday-concert-ramsey-maebayashi/

Dead Rat Orchestra

Rough Music: A Folk at the Foundling Special

  • 1 July 2014 6:30-9:30pm

To accompany the Progress exhibition the Foundling Museum is excited to present a unique event by the Dead Rat Orchestra and Jeremy Barlow.

Dead Rat Orchestra will perform "Rough Music", a new work, incorporating performances on a set of tuned bronze meat cleavers. These specially-commissioned instruments were designed by composer and DRO member Nathaniel Mann as part of his Embedded Residency at The Pitt Rivers Museum and Oxford Contemporary Music working with a professional swordsmith using bronze sword casting techniques.

DRO breathe new life into rough music (an ancient ritual of clamorous protest or celebration using found instruments and everyday objects), exploring Hogarth’s works from Industry and Idleness and the Enraged Musician to the March of the Guards to Finchley. With contemporary takes on broadside ballads and rough music, DRO bridge the musical worlds of work song, Indonesian Gamelan and the pealing of church bells as they bring the sounds of Hogarth’s London to life.

The performance will be preceded by a talk by author and early music expert Jeremy Barlow, author of "The Enraged Musician". Barlow will consider Hogarth’s prints and explore the artist’s representations of music and sound.

Ticket Price includes a chance to view the exhibition Progress.

To book, please visit the Foundling Museum Eventbrite page http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rough-music-a-folk-at-the-foundling-special-tickets-11300641523?aff=eorg

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £10, £8 concessions and Foundling Friends

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/rough-music/

Diamond

Hetty Feather and Diamond Day

  • 6 July 2014 11am-5pm

Foundling Fellow, Jacqueline Wilson returns to celebrate the paperback release of Diamond. Throughout the day there will be free drop-in family art workshops inspired by the book and a range of Hetty activities and competitions. In the afternoon there will be a reading and book signing event with Jacqueline.

General admission 11:00 - 17:00, talk and signing 14:00.

General admission free with Museum entry, no booking required.

Talk and signing, £10 adults, £7 children under 16, including entry to the Museum. Tickets sold online only from 2 June. Ticket booking web link will appear on the museum website.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

General admission free with Museum entry, no booking required.

Talk and signing, £10 adults, £7 children under 16, including entry to the Museum. Tickets sold online only from 2 June.

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/hetty-feather-and-diamond-day/

Foundling Museum Lunchtime concert

Lunchtime Concert

  • 10 July 2014 1-2pm

A recital by a recipient of the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with Museum Admission

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/lunchtime-concert-martin-july/

Concert at the Foundling Museum

Sunday Afternoon Concert

  • 20 July 2014 3-4pm

Flautist April Clayton and pianist Teddy Neidermaier perform a programme of Bach, Poulenc, and Jolivet in the Picture Gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with Museum Admission

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/sunday-concert-Clayton-Neidermaier/

Gin Lane

Gin Tasting

  • 24 July 2014 6:30-8:30pm

‘Drunk for a penny, dead drunk for two pence’. Prof. Steven Parissien, Director of Compton Verney, leads gin tasting in the Picture Gallery. Explore the wonders of ‘mothers ruin’, tantalize your tastebuds, and learn about the history of gin from 1690 to present day with a patricular emphasis on the mid-eighteenth century ‘gin craze’. Includes up to six taster shots.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £20

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/gin-tasting/

Foundling Family Workshop

Family Workshop: Wonderful Weaving

  • 26 July 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

Create a collaborative tapestry in response to Grayson Perry’s work in Progress, and take away a framed tapestry about your own family. Free for children and up to two accompanying adults.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • Any age

Admission

Free for children and up to two accompanying adults

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/wonderful-weaving/

Foundling Sunday - James Brawn

Foundling Sunday August

  • 3 August 2014 2-4pm

Curator Stephanie Chapman talks about Progress, followed by pianist James Brawn performing pieces from his award-winning CD, A Beethoven Odyssey.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with Museum Admission

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/foundling-sunday-progress/

Foundling Museum keyboard

Lunchtime Concert

  • 14 August 2014 1-2pm

A recital by a recipient of the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with Museum Admission

Website

http://Foundling Museum keyboard

Foundling Museum family workshop

Family Workshop: Progress

  • 15 August 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

Work with artist Daniel Wallis to create a giant cartoon strip inspired by the stories of artists and families visiting the Museum. Workshops are drop-in, and free for children and up to two accompanying adults.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Free for children and up to two accompanying adults

Website

http://Foundling Museum family workshop

Maite Aguirre

Sunday Afternoon Concert

  • 17 August 2014 3-4pm

Pianist Maite Aguirre performs a selection of Chopin and Granados piano pieces.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with Museum Admission

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/sunday-afternoon-concert-aguirre/

Lars Tharp at the Foundling Museum

A Pug's Progress

  • 21 August 2014 6:30-9pm

Antiques Roadshow ceramics expert, and former Director of the Foundling Museum, Lars Tharp follows the trail of Hogarth’s pugs.

Lars says: ‘William Hogarth was happy in his lifetime to be dubbed ‘Painter Pug’. Short of stature and of dogged disposition, the plucky pug was Hogarth’s dog double, his alter ego. Each of his own three recorded dogs appears in his paintings and prints. Trump in particular has enjoyed reincarnations over the last three centuries, his latest starring role being in Grayson Perry's six-part tapestry series, a work exhibited at the Foundling from June to September and on special view on the evening of the talk. So why the pug? What significance does it have? And what of Hogarth's other dogs? And those that came after? We will follow several t(r)ails.’

Lars Tharp, the Foundling Museum's former Director, is a ceramics specialist and speaks internationally on China, on ceramic history, and on the Life and Times of William Hogarth. In 2014, between appearances on the Antiques Roadshow, he has made a film for the BBC on 'The Missing Pug', commemorating the 250th anniversary of William Hogarth's death.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £10, £8 concessions and Foundling Friends

Website

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/view/lars-tharp-pugs-progress/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Family Fun

http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/children.php

Children, young people and families are able to explore The Foundling Museum through Trail of the Month, audio trails, story books, creative drop-in sessions and special events. In term time, sessions are held monthly on the first Saturday 13.00-16.00, and during holidays on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.30-12.30 and 14.00-16.00. Activities are generally suited to children aged 3-12 years.

How to obtain

Arrive early to ensure you get a place. Check the website for full details of events.

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