The collaboration between philanthropist Thomas Coram, artist William Hogarth and composer George Frideric Handel represents a slice right through mid-eighteenth century London society and culture. Effectively Britain’s first children’s charity, it was also the first of many public art spaces.
Programme for the day
1. William Hogarth, his ‘Variety’, and his pivotal role in the development of a British art world.
2. Thomas Coram, his ‘darling project’ and the ’21 Ladies of Quality and Distinction’.
3. The ‘first’ public art gallery.
4. ‘The March of the Guards to Finchley’.
5. Music and charity at the Foundling Hospital.
6. Where next after the Foundling Hospital? The expansion of British public art spaces