On a hot sunny day in June, nineteen Freemen met up for a tour of the Foundling Museum.
Our Tour Guide Debbi gave us a knowledgeable and interesting tour of the Museum with information about the establishment of the Foundling Hospital by Thomas Coram in 1739. The moving story of the Foundling Hospital and the children who grew up there is revealed through archival documents and objects on display in the Museum.
We were able to view the Foundling Hospital Art Collection which includes artwork by William Hogarth, Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds and also the world’s largest private collection of Handel memorabilia including his Will and the manuscript score of The Messiah.
These artists and Handel all gave their support to Thomas Coram by donating some of their art to the Hospital, and they played a big part in supporting Coram to realising his vision for the Foundling Hospital.
Following this very interesting and informative tour some of the group went on to a local restaurant had a nice lunch and a chance to chat with fellow members.