The March of the Guards to Finchley by William Hogarth

A conversation piece which depicts the English guards setting out to protect London from the threat of Bonnie Prince Charlie.


Oil on canvas
101.5 x 133.3 cm
Art Fund grant:
£100,000 ( Total: £4,000,000)
Acquired in:
Coram Family

The Young Pretender had landed in Scotland and marched as far south as Derby. The English guards are assembling at Tottenham Court Road Turnpike before proceeding north past the village of Finchley. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.


The artist disposed of the painting by lottery, he donated half the tickets to the Foundling Hospital, who had the winning ticket. The Foundling Hospital is now known as the Coram Family.

Venue details

The Foundling Museum 40 Brunswick Square, LONDON London WC1N 1AZ 020 7841 3600

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £7.50)

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