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Annual Welcome Reception for Alumni

  • 07 Oct 2014
  • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ


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Annual Welcome Reception for Alumni 2014

Join newcomers and 'established' Princeton alumni at the 2014 Welcome Reception of the Princeton Association of the UK. Reconnect with friends, welcome newly-arrived alum to the UK, hear more about what PAUK is up to this year, meet our Board. 

We are honoured to be holding our reception at a hidden gem of London's boutique museums - The Foundling Museum,

Britain's first home for abandoned children and London’s first public art gallery. The Foundling Museum reveals the stories of the Foundling Hospital’s founder Thomas Coram, the artist William Hogarth and composer George Frideric Handel. It houses significant collections of eighteenth-century art, interiors, social history and music.

6:30 Registration and drinks

7:00 Talk by PAUK and Marianne Rance, Foundling Museum

7:30 Drinks and reception

As always, this major event in the PAUK calendar is FREE for all alumni and guests.*

Please Register for catering and security purposes.

*Remember to join PAUK and pay your dues so that we can continue to hold such major events without charging alumni.

About the Exhibit - The Generous Georgian:

Exploring the life and collection of Dr Richard Mead (1673-1754), one of the most eminent physicians, patrons, collectors and philanthropists of his day, this exhibition brings to light the Foundling Hospital's relationship with a truly remarkable individual.

Dr Richard Mead (1673-1754) was a leading expert on poisons, scurvy, smallpox and public health. Mead's patients included Queen Anne, George II, Sir Isaac Newton and the painter Antoine Watteau. A man of action, Mead explored poisons by drinking snake venom, and is said to have defended his theory on smallpox treatment to the point of fighting a duel.  His home on Great Ormond Street backed onto the Foundling Hospital grounds, and housed a magnificent collection of paintings, sculptures, antiquities, coins and a library of over 10,000 volumes. Painters and scholars were given access to Mead's renowned collection, which in a time before public galleries offered visitors a rare chance to view masterpieces from around the world. Examining its significance in London's cultural landscape, this exhibition reunites key objects from his life and collection, such as the ancient bronze Arundel Head (2nd Century BC) and Allan Ramsay's half-length portrait of Mead. Exploring Mead 'in the round', as a collector, philanthropist and physician, this exhibition will bring to light the Foundling Hospital's relationship with a truly remarkable individual who, according to his contemporary the writer Samuel Johnson, "lived more in the broad sunshine of life than almost any man".

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