The Foundling Museum

As Large as Life

Following in an artistic tradition, Quentin Blake has created a works for hospitals. The Foundling Museum will present an exhibition of these works alongside a series of workshops that enable families and young people to explore their creativity through images and words.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1071167)

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Campaign target




  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Hospitals/HospicesHospitals/Hospices




The Museum will celebrate a living tradition, established by William Hogarth at the Foundling Hospital and continued by Quentin Blake, of artists providing work for hospitals. A range of children’s workshops and family activities has been designed, to encourage exuberant exploration of the relationship between words and images and storytelling through pictures alone! As a small independent museum with no public funding we require financial support to realise this exciting and valuable project.


Unusually, these works by Quentin Blake were made for hospitals and therefore little known to the wider public. This exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to see a different aspect of Blake’s practice. As a relatively new museum, we will greatly benefit from this exhibition of a well-known and loved artist and will continue its long tradition of art and philanthropy coming together for the benefit of young people in this country. Funding from the Big Give will make this a reality!