A new exhibition exploring the life of the British decorative artist Sir James Thornhill and his masterpiece – the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich (painted between 1708 and 1727).

The exhibition explores the story of the commission through numerous preparatory sketches made by the artist, including rarely-seen original drawings.

Three newly-conserved, original sketches by Thornhill for the Painted Hall will be on display in the exhibition, alongside new research undertaken into the paintings in the light of the upcoming conservation work on the Painted Hall's ceiling.

Held at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery in the centre of Greenwich, this free exhibition is an essential visit for anyone interested in the Painted Hall.


Sir James Thornhill, Design for the central oval, Lower Hall, Greenwich, pen & brown ink & brown-grey wash over graphite, 1707–1708, 35.7 cm × 22.6 cm. Reproduced by kind permission of the Courtauld Gallery, London, D.1952.RW.2250


Venue: Stephen Lawrence Gallery

Dates & Times: Tue 13 September – Fri 28 October, Tue – Fri: 11.00 – 17.00, Sat: 11.00 – 16.00

Tours will be running at 12.00, 13.45 and 15.15 from the Visitor Centre at the Old Royal Naval College.


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