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Sir James Thornhill: A Great And Noble Design at Old Royal Naval College Free



A new exhibition exploring the life of the British decorative artist Sir James Thornhill and his masterpiece – the Painted Hall at Greenwich (painted between 1708 and 1727) – is to open next month at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery.

The exhibition, curated by the Old Royal Naval College, explores the story of the commission through numerous preparatory sketches made by the artist, including rarely-seen original drawings on loan from the National Maritime Museum.

‘A Great and Noble Design’ coincides with the start of a major conservation project on this extraordinary cycle of baroque mural paintings. A fully-illustrated catalogue of sketches has been produced to accompany the display.

Three newly-conserved, original sketches by Thornhill for the Painted Hall will be on display in the exhibition, alongside new research undertaken into the paintings in the light of the upcoming conservation work on the Painted Hall's ceiling.

Held at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery in the centre of Greenwich, this free exhibition is an essential visit for anyone interested in the Painted Hall.


Adult Ticket: Free (USD0.00)

Venue Details & Map

Old Royal Naval College

King William Walk
Royal Borough of Greenwich
SE10 9NN
+44 (0)20 8269 4799
Public transport:
By DLR: to Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich. By tube: to Canary Wharf and change there for the DLR to Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich. By rail: to Greenwich. By river: to Greenwich Pier.

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