Foundling Walk: Walking in the Steps of Hogarth (first outing)
Thursday, 12 June 2014 from 11:00 to 13:00 (BST)
Janice Liverseidge leads a historic tour, Walking in the Steps of Hogarth.
Tickets £9, £7 Concessions and Foundling Friends.
Meeting at Henry 8th Gate, St Barts Hospital, West Smithfield.
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.’
When & Where
The Foundling Museum
The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. Through a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events we celebrate the ways in which artists of all disciplines have been inspired to improve children’s lives since 1740.
The Foundling Hospital, which continues today as the children’s charity Coram, was established in 1739 by the philanthropist Captain Thomas Coram, as ‘a hospital for the maintenance and education of exposed and deserted young children’. Instrumental in helping Coram realise his vision were the artist William Hogarth who encouraged all the leading artists of the day to donate work, and the composer George Frideric Handel who gave annual benefit concerts of the Messiah. In doing so, they created London’s first public art gallery and set the template for the way that the arts could support philanthropy. The Foundling Museum celebrates their vision and continues their work, by enabling today’s artists, musicians and writers to work alongside vulnerable young people and to cast new light on the histories we tell.