The Fallen Woman

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 (© Watts Gallery)
© Watts Gallery
 (© Maas Gallery, London)
© Maas Gallery, London
 (© Wellcome Library, London)
© Wellcome Library, London
 (© Royal Academy of Arts)
© Royal Academy of Arts
 (© Wellcome Library, London)
© Wellcome Library, London

This exhibition brings together paintings, drawings and newspaper illustrations depicting the Victorian women who campaigned for the Foundling Hospital to take their illegitimate babies into care. Works by popular nineteenth-century artists including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Richard Redgrave and George Frederic Watts are included, shedding light on the way 'fallen' women were understood and mythologised at a time when sexual respectability was highly valued. The show has been funded through Art Happens, a crowd funding platform for the UK's museum sector, with the Founding Museum raising more than £25,000 to bring it to fruition.


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