Founding Museum exhibition
While the house itself is filled with treasures pathing the story of the Foundling Hospital and the contemporary Coram charity next door, there is also a smashing temporary exhibition space which hosts shows and even contemporary stars like Grayson Perry and Tracey Emin.
Foundling Museum | Fallen Woman
The latest exhibition is a feast of 19th century treats, from Dante Gabriel Rossetti's fleshy women to George Frederic Watt's glowing symbolic works, which focus on the idea of perfect femininity in the tightly corseted Victorian era. This theme of sexual innocence and awakening is poignant in the surroundings of The Foundling Museum where the fates of 'fallen' young mothers were decided.
You'll also find a snapshot of the history of the Foundling Hospital with a display of petitions that argued each case's validity: namely that the mother was a virtuous woman and this was her first illegitimate child.
It's a classically innovative exhibition from The Foundling Museum which brings the Foundling Hospital to life, and well worth a visit even just to see what all the fuss is about this hidden treasure in London.
|What||The Fallen Woman, The Foundling Museum|
The Foundling Museum
40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ | MAP
|Nearest tube||Russell Square (underground)|
25 Sep 15 – 03 Jan 16, Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 - 17:00 Sunday, 11:00 - 17:00 Monday closed
|Price||£8.25 (including voluntary Gift Aid donation of 75p) Concessions £5.50 (including voluntary Gift Aid donation of 50p) Children (up to sixteen years), Art Fund members and Foundling Friends visit FREE|
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