Portrait Commission 2021

Portrait Commission 2021

Help us give a face to the 25,000+ children who grew up at the historic Foundling Hospital.

The museum seeks to raise £15,000 to commission photographic portraits of some of the surviving former pupils, who are the last living connection to our 300-year-old story. Taking their place on the walls of the museum, alongside former Governors and benefactorsthese portraits will bring to life the experiences of the children who grew up at the Hospital, and be an inspiration for future generations of care-experienced people. The surviving former pupils are now few in number, having been admitted to the Foundling Hospital in the 1940s and ‘50s. These exceptional men and women have triumphed over childhoods defined by isolation and stigma, to lead rich and fulfilled lives. Reflecting the calibre of our eighteenth-century artists and the importance of the sitters, we have identified five exceptional artists to undertake the commission; Jillan Edelstein, Mahtab Hussain (pictured, with Director Caro Howell), David MooreEileen Perrier and Wolfgang Tillmans. With your support, we hope to unveil the portraits on the eve of what will be one of the last ceremonial meetings of the former pupils in October 2021.

If you would like to help, please make a donation. If you choose to donate online, please write ‘Portrait Commission 2021’ in the message box.

Donations above £100 will be publicly acknowledged if the donor wishes.

Find out more about this campaign here.