Basic Instincts at The Foundling Museum

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Curated by Dr Jacqueline Riding, Basic Instincts explores Georgian attitudes to love, desire and female respectability through the radical paintings of Joseph Highmore. A highly successful artist and Governor of London's Foundling Hospital, Joseph Highmore (1692-1780) is best known as a portrait painter of the Georgian middle class. However, during the 1740s his art dramatically shifted as he turned his focus to societal attitudes towards women and sexuality. This first major Highmore exhibition for 50 years explores a ten-year period of disruptive commentary in his art, reflecting his engagement with the work of the new Foundling Hospital and its mission to support desperate and abused women.

Prices

Adult Ticket: From £11.00 (€11.99) per ticket
Child Ticket: Free
Concession Ticket: From £8.25 (€8.99) per ticket

Venue Details & Map

Foundling Museum

Address
40 Brunswick Square
London
WC1N 1AZ
Telephone:
+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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