In this beautifully illustrated book 26 writers (including Sir Andrew Motion) give a personal view – sometimes historical, sometimes imaginary – of artefacts from the Foundling Museum that span 200 years, from the everyday to the exquisite.
The collection ranges from the everyday to the exquisite, including the poignant tokens handed over by mothers with their babies, as well as paintings by William Hogarth and the last will and testament of George Frideric Handel. Each writer’s contribution is a sestude, exactly 62 words long.
The book was designed to accompany the exhibition 26 Pairs of Eyes at the Foundling Museum from June to October 2015, where each writer’s sestude was displayed next to their allocated object. You can still use the book as a guide to the museum as the objects are still there. You might even see them in a different light.
Members of 26 can take advantage of a discounted price of £2.00 (reduced from £3.95), plus postage (£1.26).