Michael Foreman, cover illustration from Lucky Button by Michael Morpurgo (published by Walker Books 2017) © Michael Foreman. Photograph by Ed Lyon
Lucky Button

Lucky Button

40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ
19 Jan 2018 — 06 May 2018
  • Exhibitions & Displays
We display a series of original illustrations by award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman produced for Lucky Button, a new book by Foundling Fellow Michael Morpurgo

Inspired by the history of the Foundling Hospital, the book tells the moving story of a lonely boy struggling to cope with school bullies and caring for his mother. A mysterious encounter reveals life in the Foundling Hospital in the eighteenth century and unravels a touching tale about the power of music.

Presented amongst the Museum’s historic Collection, the display celebrates the power of illustration to make creative links across the centuries and bring storytelling to life. Having a concern for historical authenticity, Foreman combined studies of source material from the Museum’s Collection, with visits to historic locations such as Hogarth’s House. Full of thoughtful details and cast in a warm colour palette, his luminous watercolours capture scenes in the life of the Foundling Hospital.

We present the illustrations complete with notes and markings which show the artist’s creative process, offering the chance for illustration fans to come face-to-face with original artwork from one of today’s foremost practitioners.