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The Foundling Museum

The Victorian artist Emma Brownlow (1832-1905) was the daughter of a foundling who had been raised at the Foundling Hospital, and he eventually became its director. This gave her a unique insight into the running of the organisation and she produced a series of paintings of life at the Hospital in the 1850s and 1860s, some of which were exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts.


Maker not Muse: Emma Brownlow
1.00pm - 1.45pm
Free with Museum admission (£11.00 Adults / £8.25 Concessions / Free for children, Foundling Friends & National Art Pass holders. Ticket prices include a voluntary Gift Aid donation) - More information

As part of the Foundling Museum’s year-long celebration of the role of women in the Hospital’s history, we present a London History Day talk, introducing Emma Brownlow and her works. Several of her paintings – most famously The Foundling Restored to its Mother (1858) – are on permanent display at the Museum. For this event, we will also show Brownlow’s self-portrait, and a number of her sketches which have never previously been available for public viewing.

The talk is one of a series of three ‘Maker not Muse’ presentations for 2018, introducing notable creative women and their achievements. Come and discover more about this fine artist and her insights into the daily workings of the Foundling Hospital.


The Foundling Museum
40 Brunswick Square
London WC1N 1AZ

The Foundling Museum

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