Trumpet Boy

© Yinka Shonibare CBE. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Image credit: Foundling Museum

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'Trumpet Boy' is from the series 'Planets in My Head', which explores Enlightenment ideas of education, discovery, opportunity and reason.

'Trumpet Boy' was shown as part of The Foundling Museum’s 2016 exhibition 'FOUND', curated by Cornelia Parker. The figure of the boy is dressed in a Victorian suit made from bright African textiles, he holds a cornet to his mouth, and his head is a celestial globe with the stars renamed after famous black musicians.

Foundling Museum



Trumpet Boy




fibreglass, Dutch wax print cotton, leather & steel

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purchased by the Foundling Museum, 2017

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