November 2015 | Andrew Thompson

The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) celebrated the 340th birthday of Sir James Thornhill by recreating the ceiling of his great masterpiece, the Painted Hall

Painted Hall by Numbers - Events - Old Royal Naval CollegeThe giant paint-by-numbers canvas on display in the Painted Hall.

The giant 2.5m canvas featuring over 7,500 shapes depicts the ceiling of the Painted Hall, which is about to undergo its biggest transformation since it was created over 300 years ago. 

Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) completes Europe's largest pain...

Last week we completed Europe's largest paint-by-numbers based on our stunning Painted Hall. Thanks to all the visitors who helped us complete the painting!We captured the challenge in this incredible time lapse film. Enjoy!

Posted by Old Royal Naval College Greenwich on Thursday, 30 July 2015

Painted Hall by Numbers - ComparisonIt took Thornhill 19 years to complete the Painted Hall. Our version took just six days! Can you guess which is which?

Visitors to the ORNC were invited to celebrate the magnificent Baroque style of Sir James Thornhill through this collaborative project, which also launched the ORNC's Future Fund appeal. Hundreds took part in the event and the giant picture took almost a week to complete.

Slideshow of images from the Painted Hall by Numbers event

Will Palin, Director of Conservation at the ORNC said:

“We are immensely proud to preside over one of Britain’s national treasures, the Painted Hall. We hope that inviting members of the public to join us in celebrating the work by helping us to complete Europe’s biggest paint-by-numbers will bring people closer to Thornhill’s masterpiece."

“This celebration comes at a crucial time for the ORNC as we kick off the next phase in our conservation work which will enable millions of people to continue to enjoy the Painted Hall for years to come.”

The completed canvas will be on display in the undercroft beneath the Painted Hall until the end of August.

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