Drawing on Childhood at the Foundling Museum


Angela Barrett, Snow White’s Mother, 1991 © Angela Barrett Pinterest


Relive the wonderful world of storybooks and young heroes with Drawing on Childhood at the Foundling Museum.

This magical exhibition celebrates the work of artists and illustrators who brought to life the child protagonists of famous fictional stories, who were either adopted, fostered, orphaned or found. From 18th-century classic literature to modern fairy tales, meet the many young characters who overcame setbacks to make their mark on popular culture and win the hearts of readers and viewers.

Among the original artworks, first editions and special editions are Nancy Ekholm Burkert’s drawings of orphaned James Trotter for Roald Dahl’s 1961 edition of James and the Giant Peach, and Arthur Rackham’s 1919 illustration of Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother. Original works by Quentin Blake, Thomas Rowlandson, George Cruikshank, David Hockney, Nick Sharratt and Phiz are also featured, as well as specially commissioned new illustrations for Henry Fielding’s The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling.


Venue Details & Map

Foundling Museum

40 Brunswick Square
+44 (0)20 7841 3600
Public transport:
Tube: Russell Square, King’s Cross St Pancras, Euston Train: King’s Cross St Pancras International, Euston From Russell Square: Turn right out of the tube station, left at the mini roundabout onto Hunter Street and first right onto Brunswick Square

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