This exhibition of the work of 19th-century painter and illustrator Sir John Gilbert follows on from a number of successful exhibitions at the Guildhall Gallery on the Victorian artistic legacy.

It is the first major retrospective of the artist's life and work since the 50s, and will bring together large historical paintings, modest and rarely seen landscape watercolours, illustrated novels and children's books, newspaper illustrations and ephemera from both public and private sources.Gilbert was amongst the most popular and prolific artists of the Victorian period. From medieval battle scenes and enchanted forests to contemporary regional landscapes and current affairs, his work reflects the cultural and social preoccupations of his time.A major part of the display will be devoted to a technical exploration of the way in which Gilbert worked, drawing on his own records and underpinned by recent analysis of paintings and watercolours undertaken by conservation scientists at University College London, Tate and the Hamilton Kerr Institute, Cambridge.

Guildhall Art Gallery

Guildhall Yard, London, Greater London, EC2V 5AE

020 7332 3700


Opening times

Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm

Sun, 12 – 4pm

Closed 25, 26 Dec, 1 Jan

(and occasionally for special City/State events - please check the Guildhall Art Gallery website)

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