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An unusual museum showcases an unusual artist

Published: Thursday 16th of October 2008

The Foundling Museum might be one of London's lesser-known attractions but it's developing a reputation as one of the city's quirkiest.

October 8th saw the museum unveil its latest contemporary art exhibition, An English Interior, featuring the works of Ulster's John Kindness.

Kindness' work draws on influences as diverse as the etchings of artist William Hogarth and popular Beano comic-book hero Desperate Dan.

The museum in London's Bloomsbury area commemorates the Foundling Hospital, the original site of which sits only a few metres from its current location. Its historical archive tells the stories of some of the children who called the hospital home down the years.

Philanthropist Thomas Coram established the hospital in 1739 to care for abandoned and orphaned children in London. It was responsible for the care of more than 27,000 children until it closed in 1953.

Hogarth and classical composer George Frideric Handel were also closely involved with hospital's foundation.

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