40 BRUNSWICK SQUARE, LONDON, WC1N 1NZ
Tuesday 14 November 2017 3.30pm - 4.45pm with optional extra time before the visit commences
This is a chance to study the carefully reconstructed 1739 Court Room and adjoining Picture Gallery, which house an important and elaborate rococo console donated to the museum by Sanderson, builder of the original Foundling Hospital. We will be met by Caro Howell, Director of the Museum. Our guide will be Jane King who, over twenty years, has supported the conservation and restoration of a large part of the collection. The Foundling Hospital was the UK’s first public art gallery. One famous ally, William Hogarth, encouraged his friends to donate paintings in order to raise funds. Not only are there fine works by leading eighteenth-century artists, but also important frames, by such makers as Linnell. Also to be studied is a group of eighteenth-century clocks. Members wishing to see the main museum should arrive earlier. Afterwards there is an opportunity for us to meet in a nearby café for tea or drinks.
Limit: 20 members
Closing Date for applications: 16 October 2017
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