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Finding yourself at the Foundling Museum

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We wrote last year about Captain Coram -

Returning from voyages to America, he was horrified to find abandoned children in London streets, opened his home to them, built a large refuge for children in 1739, and had the help of friends like Hogarth, who also was childless, and donated his paintings to the cause.

Handel donated concerts and a copy of the Messiah. Other artists followed suit. Patrons who visited the premises to see the paintings ended up helping to support the children. The synergy between children, patrons, and artists led to the very first British art gallery and, in 1768, to the Royal Academy. Only a scriptwriter could dream up such a tale.

The Foundling Museum, at 40 Brunswick Square, is a unique collection of period interiors, social history and some of the world's finest art, which was donated to the children by Reynolds, Gainsborough, Wilson, Hayman, Highmore, Roubiliac and Rysbrack. It stands next door to Coram Family, which continues Captain Coram's work. Our latest report from Olivia Rickman describes a brilliant series of events at the Foundling Museum -

A solo show and installation by artist John Kindness that unites Desperate Dan and Hogarth.

Free lunchtime concerts as part of the Young Performers Concert Series 2008 sponsored by the Musicians Benevolent Fund.
 
Luca Luciano in Concert this Sunday.
 
Black Georgians Study Day; Youth Art, Design, Fashion & Music Afternoon; and, at the end of the month, Put Yourself in the Picture, back due to overwhelming demand.

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