Focusing primarily on Victorian storytelling, visitors will learn about literary references which may have been commonly understood to the original audience, but which fell out of circulation for modern audiences.

The exhibition will include paintings, drawings and sculptures which demonstrate the variety of inspirations and influences for artists from the 17th to the 19th century, including portraits of writers, actors, composers, and musicians.

Old favourites will be reassessed and re-interpreted alongside rarely-seen artworks from the archives, revealing the vital interplay between all branches of the arts.

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Guildhall Art Gallery

Guildhall Yard, London, Greater London, EC2V 5AE

020 7332 3700


Opening times

Monday - Sunday (10:30am – 4:00pm, last entry 3:45pm).

Checklist for your visit

  • Follow all instructions given by team members
  • Help us by pre-booking a ticket
  • Consider wearing a face covering inside
  • Ensure you have your bag ready for checking immediately inside
  • Use hand sanitisers or hand-washing facilities provided
  • Use Card and Contactless payment if possible

Enjoy your visit!

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

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