Duty manager Trudy Pickerin stands proudly at the exhibition
The exhibition centrepiece is an innovative recreation of a Georgian painting room.
The painting room is the culmination of prolonged research on the spaces where 18th century artists painted.
Thomas Gainsborough RA referred to portraiture as the ‘cursed face business’ and it was in the painting room that he would invite patrons to sit.
Included in the exhibition are historically significant artefacts from prominent painters, such as Sir Joshua Reynolds RA’s rarely exhibited sitters’ chair and easel, on loan from the Royal Academy, as well as works by artists that illustrate the painting room as it was in the 18th Century.
There is also a selection of paintings and works on paper further illustrate the practices of the painting room.
The exhibition ends on February 21.