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Sep 29, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018
Curated by Dr Jacqueline Riding, Basic Instincts explores Georgian attitudes to love, desire and female respectability through the radical paintings of Joseph Highmore. A highly successful artist and Governor of London’s Foundling Hospital, Highmore (1692-1780) is best known as a portrait painter of the Georgian middle class. However, during the 1740s his art dramatically shifted as he turned his focus to societal attitudes towards women and sexuality. This first major Highmore exhibition for 50 years explores a ten-year period of disruptive commentary in his art, reflecting his engagement with the work of the new Foundling Hospital and its mission to support desperate and abused women.
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Click to enlargeLILY COLE: BALLS
Jul 31 - Dec 2, 2018
2016 Foundling Fellow, Lily Cole, has created a film to mark the 200th anniversary of Emily Brontė’s birth. On display at the Foundling Museum, Cole’s film takes as its starting point Heathcliff, the foundling character central to Wuthering Heights, and explores links between the Foundling Hospital story and Brontė’s much-loved novel. Co-commissioned by the Foundling Museum, Brontė Parsonage Museum and Rapid Response Unit, with funding from Arts Council England.
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Dec 07, 2018 7:00pm talk/event
Join 18th century specialist Elizabeth Einberg for an evening tour of our exhibition Ladies of Quality & Distinction. Discover the various ways in which the duchesses featured in the exhibition presented themselves for posterity and why; and how they found opportunities to make their voices heard.
Tickets £5, £3 concessions & Foundling Friends (includes a free drink). Book online at


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