This inaugural exhibition at the Bishop Trevor Gallery explores how the British countryside in 18th century landscape painting captured the hearts of the public.

By the end of the 18th century, the landscape painting had shifted from a genre rarely seen or sold in the UK to becoming the height of fashion, with tourists travelling to the Lake District and Wales to admire the dramatic scenery as represented in the artworks.

This exhibition takes a look at how the British landscape tradition in painting developed during that time to capture the public's imagination, with important masterpieces by George Stubbs, Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough on display.

The Auckland Project

Auckland Castle, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7NR

01388 743750


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Open daily from 10am to 4pm
Last entry at 3.30pm

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