A major exhibition of drawings from the Royal Collection, including rarely seen works by Claude, Canaletto and Gainsborough.

Lines in a Landscape features rarely exhibited works by masters of Western European drawing, alongside fascinating examples by lesser-known names. The exhibition celebrates the richness, variety and peculiarities of the drawings in this internationally renowned Collection, while  making connections with contemporary drawing practice.

From Italianate villas to the Dutch low-lands, and including Guercino’s exquisite pen and ink sketches, Jan Lievens’ sweeping outlines, and Hendrick Avercamp’s crystallisation of a momentary accident on the ice, this intimate exhibition explores how the art and act of drawing can capture a fleeting moment, subject or mood.

Alongside Thomas Sandby’s delicately coloured vistas, Bruce’s exquisitely rendered ruins and Claude’s gently waving trees, the exhibition also includes several incomplete works, rendered in soft inky outlines and fragile washes, which hint at the artists’ process and open a dialogue with the concurrent RWA exhibition, Drawn.



Times & Prices

Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays
Last admission 30 minutes before closing

​Adults: £6.95 (includes a 70p donation)
Concessions: £4.95 (includes a 50p donation) 
Under 16s/SGS, UoB & UWE students: FREE
National Art Pass holders: 50% discount on ticket price


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