Lines in a Landscape: Drawings from the Royal Collection

1 April – 4 June 2017


A new exhibition of landscape drawings, selected from the world-class collection of drawings and watercolours in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle and generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen, will be on display at the RWA in Spring 2017.

Lines in a Landscape features works by some of the masters of Western European drawing – Van Dyck, Canaletto, Gainsborough, and eight works by Claude Lorrain, arguably the greatest landscape artist of the seventeenth century – alongside fascinating examples by lesser-known names. The exhibition celebrates the richness and variety of the drawings in the Royal Collection, while making connections with contemporary drawing practice.

From Italianate villas to the Dutch lowlands, this exhibition explores how the act of drawing can capture the unchanging form of an ancient building, a fleeting moment intensely observed, or the fantasies of an artist's imagination.

Alongside Thomas Sandby’s delicately coloured vistas, Guercino's exquisite pen and ink sketches,  Balugani's beautifully rendered ruins and Claude’s gently waving trees, the exhibition also includes rough preparatory sketches which hint at the artists’ working processes 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

Exhibition tours will begin on 11 April . 


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