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Discover the light and shade of the Victorian art of childhood in an exhibition featuring rarely-seen works from Guildhall Art Gallery’s collection.

Throughout the 19th century, attitudes towards children changed across the whole of society. Traditionally seen as small adults, they came to be viewed with greater empathy and in need of special protection, whatever their background. They were seen simply as children, with a right to play, learn and explore.

The concept of childhood became popular with artists and art enthusiasts alike. Depictions of childhood innocence and domestic happiness provided a welcome distraction from the turbulence of an ever-changing world, and artists did not shy away from portraying the full range of emotions connected to childhood and parenting.

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Temporarily closed - Opening 2 June

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Closed 25, 26 Dec, 1 Jan (and occasionally for special City/State events - please check the Guildhall Art Gallery website)

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