Liven up your video calls with our Zoom backgrounds.
Bring the Foundling Museum to your own home with our selection of backgrounds for Zoom. Whether you’re in a work meeting or joining in with a quiz, our downloadable images of the Museum’s interiors and our art collection will add another dimension to your video calls.
How to get the backgrounds:
- Take a look at our selection of images below, then download and save your chosen one. You can learn more about each image by reading the accompanying facts and share these with your friends or colleagues!
- Add the image to Zoom by following the instructions on the application itself. Their help centre has a useful tutorial
- If you’re sharing an image of yourself in one of our pictures on social media, don’t forget to tag us @foundlingmuseum
Take a look at our selection…
The Foundling Museum Picture Gallery
What is the Picture Gallery?
It is a reconstruction of the original Picture Gallery in the West Wing of the Foundling Hospital. On the walls are paintings of governors and Hospital officials through the ages, as well as a few of Thomas Coram’s twenty-one ‘ladies of quality and distinction’.
Who can you see on the walls?
Portraits include William Hogarth’s magnificent painting of Thomas Coram, Allan Ramsay’s portrait of Dr Richard Mead, Sir Joshua Reynolds’ portrait of the Earl of Dartmouth, and Thomas Hudson’s portrait of the Foundling Hospital’s architect, Theodore Jacobsen. More recently added have been Andrea Soldi’s portrait of Isabella, Duchess of Manchester and William Carter’s portrait of Beatrice Forbes.
The Foundling Museum Court Room
What is the Court Room?
This room is a reconstruction of the original Court Room at the Founding Hospital, where the Hospital’s governors conducted their committee business and entertained important guests.
What’s in the room?
This room is one of the best surviving domestic Rococo interiors in London. The magnificent plasterwork ceiling was given as a gift to the Foundling Hospital by plasterer William Wilton, and was salvaged from the original building and reinstated here at the Museum. Paintings include William Hogarth’s Moses before Pharaoh’s Daughter, and Thomas Gainsborough’s picture of London’s Charterhouse.
What was Vauxhall Gardens?
From the mid-eighteenth to mid-nineteenth centuries, Vauxhall Gardens was a famous pleasure garden and one of the leading venues for public entertainment in London. It was a place to enjoy contemporary music and art, spectacular design, al fresco dining, beautiful gardens and pavilions, and people watching. The Gardens were an all-embracing sensual experience, becoming an international byword for pleasure.
Where is this image from?
This depiction of Vauxhall Gardens comes from our Gerald Coke Handel Collection. The Collection comprises over 12,000 items from the eighteenth century to the present, and is a major research resource for the study of Handel and his contemporaries. It includes manuscripts and printed music, books, journals, sound recordings, artworks and artefacts, and an important collection of performance ephemera relating to Handel and his circle.
The Music Room at Vauxhall Gardens
What kind of architecture and decorations are in the Music Room?
The music room is depicted from a central point under a large ornate canopied dome. The background is actually a trompe l’oeil image, giving the illusion as though there is a columned vestibule that leads out into the gardens. Our print replicates the inside of the Music Room complete with the trompe l’oeil painting, showing the ornate decorations with seashell windows, stucco roofing, busts on plinths and period costume.
What’s the lasting legacy of Vauxhall Gardens?
Vauxhall Gardens was a place to enjoy contemporary music and art, spectacular design, al fresco dining, beautiful gardens and pavilions and people watching. Arguably, without Vauxhall, modern art and music would be quite different, and aspects of our lives that we take for granted, such as street lighting, policing, mass catering, even marketing and PR, would have taken much longer to develop.
Covent Garden Theatre
What am I looking at?
This aquatint shows Covent Garden Theatre in 1808, depicting a performance of an oratorio in progress with a full house. In the middle of the stage is a pipe organ with instrumental musicians around it, and at the front a choir.
Have I seen this before?
Maybe! If you came to our 2019 exhibition Two Last Nights! Show Business in Georgian Britain, you will have seen it on display. It’s usually stored in the cataloguing room in our Gerald Coke Handel Collection.
The Foundling Hospital
Is this what the Foundling Hospital used to look like?
Yes, the Foundling Hospital design that’s most widely recognized is the building designed by Theodore Jacobsen that was situated at Lamb’s Conduit Field in Bloomsbury, London. It was comprised of two wings and a chapel, built around an open courtyard.
Are the boys and girls playing separately?
Boys and girls never mixed at the Foundling Hospital. The boys resided in the west wing, while the girls lived in the east wing. They were kept apart during meals, schooling and recreation time.