The Painting Room: Artists at Work in the 18th Century
24 October 2015 – 21 February 2016
Reimagining the rooms artists worked in during Gainsborough's era.
The precursor to the purpose built studio, a painting room was a space set up by an artist, often within a domestic home. This exhibition reveals how they were able to utilise such rooms – not only as a practical space for production – but also for the display and sale of their work.
A reconstruction of an 18th century artist’s painting room has been constructed from original artefacts. Featuring tools, equipment and possessions, the installation provides a unique insight into the techniques and materials that characterise the art of this period.